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TOWN DOCUMENTS 



Eightieth 

Annual Report 

OF THE 

Town of Swampscott, Mass. 

For the Year Ending December 3 1 

1931 




DESCHAMPS BROTHERS 
SALEM; MASS. 
1932 



TOWN DOCUMENTS 



Eightieth 

Annual Report 

OF THE 
Town of Swampscott, Mass. 

For the Year Ending December 31 

1931 




DESCHAMPS BROTHERS 
SALEM, MASS. 
1932 



TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Elected Town Officers, 1931 



Selectmen 

R. Wycr Greene, Chairman 
Harry E. Hardy Edward LaCroix 

Moderator 
John R. Hurlburt 

Town Clerk aiid Collector of Taxes 

Ralph D. Merritt 

Town Treasurer 

James \V. Libby 

Water and Sewerage Commissioners 

George D. R. Durkee, Chairman 
Term expires 1934 
Harold G. Enholm Charles E. Hodgdon 

Term expires 1932 Term expires 1933 

Assessors 

Edward A. Maxfield, Chairman 
Term expires 1932 
Clarence B. Humphrey John B. Earp. Secretary 

Term expires 1933 Term expires 1934 

Park Commissioners 

Archibald Miller, Chairman 
Term expires 1933 
Stuart P. Ellis, Secretar}- John Homan 

Term expires 1932 Term expires 1934" 

School Committee 

George C. Thomas, Chairman 
Term expires 1932 
Eleanor Ingelfinger Harry D. Linscott 

Term expires 1932 Term expires 1934 

Ralph Maxwell }*Iarion C. Miller, Secretary 

Term expires 1933 Term expires 1933 

Trustees of Public Library 

Gustavus J. Esselen, Jr., Chairman 
Term expires 1933 
Jean G. Allan, Secretary Elihu Thomson 

Term expires 1932 Term expires 1934 

Board of Public Welfare 

Harry E, Cahoon, Chairman 
Terni expires 1932 
Clarence W. Horton, Secretary ^Florence E. Preston 

fHulbert Griffin 

Term expires 1933 Term expires 1932 

Board of Health 
Dr. Loring Grimes, Chairman 
Term expires 1932 
John B. Cahoon Harold H. Bartol 

Term expires 1933 Term expires 1934 



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Surveyor of Highways 

Michael J. Ryan 
Term expires 1933 

Tree Warden 

Bernard B. Kennedy 

Constables 

Frank H. Bradford George J. Place Willis E. Shephard 

Commissioners of Trust Funds 

Henry S. Baldwin (Did not qualify) James W. Libby 

Term expires 1934 Term expires 1932 

Irving Curtis (Did not qualify) Term expires 1933 

* Resigned 
t Appointed 



TOWN MEETING MEMBERS 



Precinct One 









Term expires 


Leslie F. Allen 


16 


Essex street 


1933 


Frank N. Bessom 


250 


Essex street 


1933 


James W. Buchanan 


69 


Cherry street 


1932 


Ernest Corrado 


33 


Crescent street 


1932 


Leo J. Coughlin 


5 


Essex terrace 


1934 


Willard P. Craik 


30 


Cherry street 


1934 


Ralph J. Curtis 


24 


Bristol avenue 


1934 


Charles S. Doughty 


41 


Roy street 


1932 


Robert B. Hegarty 


350 


Essex street 


1934 


John A. Herbin 


346 


Essex street 


1934 


Andrew B. Holmes 


86 


Cherr}^ street 


1933 


Alfred B. Jones 


102 


Essex street 


1934 


**Franklin H. Keating 


9 


Roy street 


1932 


Arthur Morley 


26 


Minerva street 


1933 


Lcroy V. Perr^- 


16 


Ehvin road 


1932 


Boardman G. Steadman 


31 


Minerva street 


1933 


Leon F. V^aughn 


4 


Vaughn place 


1932 


Leon F. Ximiness 


99 


Windsor avenue 


1933 




Precinct Two 




Joseph B. Abbott 


14 


Suffolk avenue 


1932 


Henrv A. Anderson 


67 


Franklin avenue 


1932 


Harold H. Bartol 


48 


Beach avenue 


1934 


Carl J. Berry 


39 


Essex avenue 


1933 


Charles W. Burrill 


34 


Alaple avenue 


1932 


Albert E. Devitt 


26 


Stetson avenue 


1934 


Warren J. Doherty 


45 


Maple avenue 


1934 


James F. Etter 


54 


Stetson avenue 


1932 


Albert F. Fanning 


88 


Stetson avenue 


1933 


Elmer Forrest 


75 


Essex street 


1932 


Roy H. Frye 


2 


Valley road 


1933 


Thomas Handley 


95 


Stetson avenue 


1933 


Charles F. Hathaway 


257 


Burrill street 


1934 


John A. Holmes 


8 


Essex avenue 


1934 


William W. Jaeger 


33 


Suffolk avenue 


1934 


*Fred A. McKennon 


47 


Beach avenue 


1933 


*Martin E. Nies 


56 


Beach avenue 


1933 


Harry W. Stanley 


72 


Franklin avenue 


1932 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



LeRoy S. Austin 
Ralph E. Bicknell 
John A. Boston 
Chester A. Brown 
Chester P. Brown 
Charles V. Burgess 
John A. Carroll 
James A. Cook 
Willis B. Cressey 
Stuart P. Ellis 
Loring Grimes 
Arthur E. Hardy 
Samuel Harris 
William E. Henry 
George H. Knowlton 
Harry M. Lowd 
Leland S. Ross 
William O. Titcomb 



Edward E. Call 
Ralph H. Gary 
**Harold F. Dow 
William G. Fallon 
John Fisher 
Walter E. Furbush 
Harry E. Hardy 
George J, Harvey 
Clarence W. Horton 
Leon W. Howard 
Frank E. Johnson 
Daniel F. Knowlton 
Robert C. Mansfield 
Frank A. Mowatt 
William P. Mower 
Edward A. Sawyer 
Oren L. Smith 
Allen F. Spruce 



Forrest M. Adams 
Edwin M. Bailey 
Henry S. Baldwin 
Alfred B. Brackett 
Paul W. Brickett 
Nathan G. Bubier 
Guy N. Chamberlin 
George M. Glidden 
Charles S. Goodridge 
John B. Hadaway 
Charles E. Hodgdon 
♦George B. Learned 
George H. Lucey 
Florence E. Preston 
Charles A. Southworth 
Philip H. Stafford 
George C. Thomas 
John Henry Welch 



Precinct Three 

Term expires 



63 Pine street 1933 

79 Burrill street 1934 

65 Pine street 1932 

17 Aliddlesex avenue 1933 
176 Burrill street 1932 

15 Boynton street 1933 
148 Burrill street 1933 
165 Burrill street 1933 

140 Burrill street 1932 
12 Porter place 1932 
84 Humphrey street 1934 
90 Pine street 1934 

139 Burrill street 1934 

195 Burrill street 1932 

164 Burrill street 1934 

90 Burrill street 1934 

16 Curry circle 1932 
74 Humphrey street 1933 

Precinct Four 

60 Thomas road 1934 

33 Norfolk avenue 1934 
62 Thomas road 1933 
36 Andrew road 1933 
15 Shaw road 1933 

18 Berkshire street 1934 

17 Andrew road 1934 
3 Paton terrace 1932 

36 Hampden street 1934 

84 Middlesex avenue 1932 

18 Andrew road 1933 
22 Elmwood road 1933 
25 Norfolk avenue 1932 

102 Farragut road 1933 

48 ^Middlesex avenue 1932 
56 Aliddlesex avenue 1932 
42 Berkshire street 1932 
77 Middlesex avenue 1934 

Precinct Five 

3 Sheridan road 1932 

19 Farragut road 1933 

141 Elmwood road 1934 
81 Walker road 1932 

20 Outlook road 1933 

11 Hardy road 1934 

25 Sheridan road 1933 
30 Banks road 1934 

34 Walker road 1932 
120 Elmwood road 1933 

95 Banks road 1934 

12 Banks road 1932 

49 Devens road 1934 
38 Outlook road 1932 

7 Grant road 1933 

26 Banks road 1933 
15 Outlook road 1932 

153 Elmwood road 1934 



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Precinct Six 

Term expires 

***Charles H. Bangs 293 Humphrey street 1933 

Benjamin B. Blanchard 108 Greenwood avenue 1934 

Philip W. Blood 33 Rockland street 1934 

Eliot A. Bunting 187 Humphrey street 1933 

Frank L. Burk 16 Blaney circle 1932 

William Edgar Carter 269 Humphrey street 1934 

Warren H. Colby 253 Humphrey street 1932 

Howard K. Glidden 49 Rockland street 1934 

Loran J. Harvey 55 Blaney street 1932 

Horace C. Holden 5 Greenwood avenue 1934 

Clarence B. Humphrey 12 Humphrey terrace 1933 

Eleanor H. Ingelfinger 5 Cliffside 1932 

Harry D. Linscott 78 Greenwood avenue 1934 

Fred L. Mower 12 Blaney circle 1933 

Donald Redfern • 292 Humphrey street 1932 

Frederick J. Rudd 312 Humphrey street 1932 

Michael J. Ryan 39 King street 1933 

Stanley M. Stocker 15 Lawrence terrace 1933 

Precinct Seven 

Charles D. Addison 50 Aspen road 1933 

Joseph Atwood 90 Aspen road 1934 

Thomas S. Bubier 3 Beverly road 1934 

Abram French 646 Humphrey street 1934 

Rufus W. Greene 78 A^illett road 1933 

Walter A. Hall 53 Bay View drive 1933 

John Homan 69 Oceanview road 1932 

Havelock S. Mader 70 Millett road 1934 

Ralph Maxwell 82 Millett road 1933 

George E. Mitchell 64 Magnolia road 1933 

Frank E. Morrison 28 Bay View avenue 1932 

Eben G. Pedrick 60 Orient court 1932 

Roger W. Pope 52 Bay View drive 1932 

Conrad P. Richardson 15 Beverly road 1932 

James W. Santry, Jr. 31 Cedar Hill terrace 1934 

George Lloyd Smith 44 Oceanview road 1934 

James C. Soutter 17 Arbutus road 1932 

Harry E. W^hitten 20 Oceanview road 1933 

Precinct Eight 

Philip E. Bessom 4 Palmer avenue 1933 

Frederick R. Bogardus 48 Atlantic avenue 1933 

Charles H. Cunningham 25 Beach Bluff avenue 1933 

Grace T. Dillingham 15 Eulow street 1934 

Gustavus J. Esselen, Jr. . 437 Puritan road 1932 

Lee T. Gray 79 Morton road 1933 

Samuel B. Groom 41 Bellevue road 1932 

James P. Hale 98 Phillips avenue 1933 

John R. Hurlburt 40 Beach Bluff avenue 1932 

Edward LaCroix 58 Orchard road 1932 

Lucelia LaCroix 58 Orchard road 1934 

William H. McCarty 64 Bradlee avenue 1934 

Robert C. McKay 11 Eulow street 1934 

Charles D. C. Moore 998 Humphrey street 1932 

Ralph H. Nutter 21 Mostyn street 1934 

Alonzo F. Titus 30 Manton road 1932 

John A. Waldo 5 Beach Bluff avenue 1933 

Arthur M. Wyman 2 Beach Bluff avenue 1934 
* Deceased 
** Removed from town 
*** Moved to another precinct 



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TOWN DOCUAIENTS - [Dec. 31 

Appointed Town Officers, 1931 



APPOIXTED BY BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Town Accountant and Secretary of Selectmen 

Horace R. Parker 

Assistant Secretary of Selectmen 

Pearl F. Davis 

Town Counsel 

Harry D. Linscott 

Town Engineer 

Wallace W. Pratt 

Assistant Town Engineer 

Howard L. Haniill 

Superintendent of Cemetery 

Thomas Handley 

Burial Agent 

Ralph D. Merritt 

Superintendent of Moth Work and Forest Warden 

Bernard B. Kenned}- 

Building Inspector 

Frank L. Biirk 

Assistant Building Inspector 

Wm. H. Sutherland 

Inspector of Animals 

Dr. Frank B. Stratton 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Charles Walter Burrill 

Agent and Janitor of Town Hall 

L. Herbert Cahoon 

Dog Officer 

Frank H. Bradford 

Fence Viewer 

George H. Doane 

Inspector of Wires 

James A. Cook 



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State Aid Correspondent 

Horace R. Parker 

Board of Registrars 

William J. Lynch (D) Chairman Robert B. Hegarty (D) 

Term expires 1933 Term expires 1934 

Ernest B. Thing (R) Ralph D. Merritt, (R) Clerk 

Term expires 1932 Ex-Officio 

Smoke Inspector 

Frank L. Burk 

Engineers of Fire Department 

*George B. Learned, Chairman 
Benjamin B. Blanchard, Chairman Jefferson G. Owens, Jr. 

Clarence D. Kendrick, Clerk **James W. Buchanan 

Chief of Fire Department 

James Warnock 

Chief of Police — Keeper of Lockup 

Walter F. Reeves 



Intermittent Special Police 

Robert L. Cunningham 

Fred J. Rowe 



Warren J. Doherty 



Special Police 



Samuel L. Atkins 
Philip A. Blanchard 
John A. Boston 
Wm. V. Boudreau 
Frank H. Bradford 
F. W. Brown 
John H. Bryson 
Edward F. Burke 
C. Walter Burrill 
L. Herbert Cahoon 
*Iber L. Chapman 
Lewis A. Coleman 
Patrick S. Cryan 
Charles J. Dolan 
Stephen J. Donlon 
William J. Duly 
George D. R. Durkee 
H. Allan Durkee 
Berton A. Fogg 
Stanley D. Forbes 
Daniel J. Griffin 
Thomas Handley 
Herman W. Hay 
Leverett T. Holder 
Clarence W. Horton 
John R. Hurlburt 
Bernard B. Kennedy 
Clement E. Kennedy 
Frank Lally 
Ernest Lamkin 
James W. Libby 

* Deceased 
** Appointed to fill vacancy 



John W. Lusk 
Frank Maitland 
James MacDonald 
George A. Marlin 
Nathaniel R. Martin 
Ralph Maxwell 
Albert McLellan 
Wm. McNamara 
Joseph I. Melanson 
Ralph D. Merritt 
John Muthe 
Daniel J. O'Brien 
Francisco A. Page 
Horace R, Parker 
Philip Paro 
Joseph W. Paulson 
Leroy V. Perry 
Lemuel W. Pickard 
George J. Place 
George H. Reed 
Timothy J. Ryan 
Willis E. Shephard 
G. Lloyd Smith 
James Smith 
C. Lee Stover 
Simeon J. Strong 
Fred A. Taylor 
Harry A. Tirrell 
James J, Wallis 
George C. Webster 
Herbert E. Wood 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



Board of Appeals 

George ]M. Glidden, Chairman William O. Titcom'j 

Ralph Maxwell Horace R. Parker, Clerk 

Terms expire June 6, 1932 

Board of Survey 

Board of Selectmen Ex-Officio 



COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY MODERATOR 
Finance 

Precinct 1 Leslie F. Allen Term expires 1933 

Precinct 2 Charles F. Hathaway, Chairman Term expires 1934 

Precinct 3 LeRoy S. xA.ustin Term expires '1933 

Precinct 4 Ralph H. Cary Term expires 1934 

Precinct 5 Paul W. Brickett Term expires 1933 

Precinct 6 Donald Redfern, Secretary Term expires 1932 

Precinct 7 Harry E. Whitten Term expires 1933 

Precinct 8 John A. Waldo ' Term expires 1933 

Fourth of July Celebration 

R. Wyer Greene, Selectman, Chairman 

John P. Costin George J. Place Walter F. Reeves 

Assistant Town Clerk 

Nina D. Merritt 



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Records of Town Clerk 

ANNUAL TOWN WARRANT 
Monday, February 16th, 1931 

Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the town of Swampscott in said County: 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are di- 
rected to notify the inhabitants of the town of Swampscott, qualified 
to vote in elections and in town affairs, to assemble in their respective 
precincts, in said Swampscott, on Monday, the sixteenth day of Feb- 
ruary, at 6 A. M., then and there to act on the following articles, viz.: 

At the close of the election the meeting shall adjourn to Tuesday, 
February 24, 1931, at 7:30 P. M., at the Town Hall. 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator for one (1) year. 
To choose a Town Clerk for one (1) year. 

To choose three members of the Board of Selectmen for one 

(1) year. 

To choose a Town Treasurer for one (1) year. 
To choose one member of the Board of Assessors for three 
(3) j-ears. 

To choose a Collector of Taxes for one (1) year. 
To choose one member of the School Committee for three (3) 
years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Public Welfare for 
(3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Public Welfare for two 

(2) years, to fill vacancy. 

To choose one member of the Board of Health for three (3) 
years. 

To choose one member of the Water and Sewerage Board for 
three (3) j^ears. 

To choose one member of the Park Commission for three (3) 
years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Trustees of the Public 
Library for three (3) years. 

To choose one Tree Warden for one (1) year. 

To choose three Constables for one (1) 3'ear. 

To choose two members of the Planning Board for one (1) 
year; two members of the Planning Board for two (2) years; 
and one member of the Planning Board for three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Commissioners of Trust 
Funds for three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Commissioners of 
Trust Funds for two (2) years. 

To choose six (6) representative town meeting members in 
each precinct for three (3) years. 

To choose one representative town meeting member from Pre- 
cinct One for two (2) years, to fill vacancy. 

To choose one representative town meeting member from Pre- 
cinct Six for two (2) years, to fill vacancy. 

To choose one representative town meeting member from Pre- 
cinct Eight for two (2) years, to fill vacancy. 

To choose one representative town meeting member from Pre- 
cinct Eight for one (1) year, to fill vacancy. 

All to be chosen on one ballot. 



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TOWX DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



Article 2. To hear and act on the reports of town officials, 
boards and committees. 

Article 3. To see what amount of bonds will be required of the 
Town Clerk and Custodian of Trust Funds for the ensuing year. 

Article 4. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
salaries of town officials for the ensuing year. 

Article 5. To see if the town will authorize the Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money, from time to time, in 
anticipation of the revenue of the financial year, beginning January 1, 
1931, and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, the 
debt or debts incurred thereby to be paid from the revenue of said 
financial year. 

Article 6. To see what action the town will take in relation to the 
recommendations not calling for the appropriation of money, as con- 
tained in the reports of officers, boards or committees. 

Article 7. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
the recommendations calling for the appropriation or expenditure of 
money, the creation of a debt, or the disposition of town property, as 
set forth in the reports of officers, boards or committees. 

Article 8. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
the appropriation of money for departmental and other expenses as 
recommended and set forth on pages 200, 201 and 202 of the annual 
town report. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
the appropriation or raising of money for permanent street construction. 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to resurface Puritan road 
from the Administration Building to the New Ocean House with some 
kind of pavement and appropriate money therefor, as recommended by 
the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to remove the balance of 
ledge, now remaining unfinished, on the southerly side of Buena Vista 
street, for the purpose of widening said street and appropriate money 
therefor, as petitioned for by Ernest Corrado. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to put to a grade the whole 
of Crescent street, including sidewalks, and resurface the same with 
some kind of pavement best suited for the purpose and appropriate 
money therefor, as petitioned for by Ernest Corrado. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to appropriate five hun- 
dred ($500) dollars to be expended under the direction of the Surveyor 
of Highways for the purpose of resodding and repairing the various 
grass plots and parking as petitioned for by John B. Earp et als. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to widen the roadway at 
the junction of Roy street, Jessie street and Eureka avenue to cor- 
respond with the street line as laid out by Town Engineer W. W. Pratt 
and appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for by Sanford Doughty 
et als. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to widen the southerly 
side of Buena Vista street at its junction with Cherry street, a distance 
deemed advisable by the town, and appropriate money therefor, as 
petitioned for by Sanford Doughty et als. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to resurface Beach Bluff 
avenue with some kind of smooth pavement and appropriate money 
therefor, as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to continue the pavement 
on Phillips avenue, from its present terminus to Humphrey street and 
through Chatman avenue to Ocean avenue, and appropriate money 
therefor, as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to lay a mixed top, so 
called, on the hills on Barnstable street and appropriate money therefor, 
as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to resurface Foster road 
with some kind of smooth pavement and appropriate money therefor, 
as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 



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Article 20. To see if the town will vote to build a fence on the 
ledge at the town yard on Paradise road and appropriate money there- 
for, as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to appropriate ($800) eight 
hundred dollars to be used in putting the trenches on Atlantic avenue 
and Humphrey street in proper condition and appropriate money there- 
for, as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to lay a drain and build 
necessary catch basins and manholes to take care of the surface water 
on Puritan road at Tupelo road and in Puritan road near the entrance 
to Little's Point road, and appropriate money th.erefor, as recommended 
by the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to enclose the brook at 
the end of Atlantic road and build the necessary catch basins connecting 
therewith, and appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for b}' George 
D. R. Durkee et als. 

Article 24, To see if the town will vote to purchase a sand spread- 
ing machine and appropriate money therefor, as recommended by the 
Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to purchase a 2>^ or 3 ton 
truck for the use of the Highway Department and appropriate money 
therefor, as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 26. To see what action the town will take to increase the 
salaries of the Highway Department from §5 per day to S6 per day, 
and appropriate a sufficient sum of money therefor to take care of same, 
as petitioned for by Thomas L. Meade et als. 

Article 21 . To see if the town will vote to construct a sewer in 
Pitman road and appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for by Fran- 
cis H. Humphreys et als. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to rescind the action of 
the town meeting of February 21, 1927, whereby it was voted under 
Article 16 to borrow the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,003), for 
the purpose of extending the water main in Foster road. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to increase the salaries of 
the members of the Water and Sewerage Board, to $600 for the Chair- 
man and $400 each for the associate members, as recommended by the 
Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to purchase a 1000 gallon 
combination motor pumper and equipment for the Central Fire Station 
and appropriate money for the same, as recommended by the Board of 
Fire Engineers. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to give the Chief of the 
Fire Department the discretion to furnish on such occasions and such 
extent as he may deem it advisable, the assistance of the Fire Depart- 
ment to another city, town, of fire district in extinguishing fires therein. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to appropriate $460 to 
repaint the ladder truck at the Central Fire Station and install a starter 
on the same, as recommended b,v the Board of Fire Engineers. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to purchase 400 feet, 1^ 
inch hose and fittings and appropriate $250 therefor, as recommended by 
the Board of Fire Engineers. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote to appropriate $350 to 
paint the Central Fire Station and do necessary repairs, as recommended 
by the Board of Fire Engineers. 

Article 35. To see if the town will vote to purchase and install 
a fire alarm box near the junction of Humphrey street and the Lynn 
Shore Drive and appropriate $350 therefor, as recommended by the 
Board of Fire Engineers. 

Article 36. To see if the town will vote to appropriate $5,925 for 
further improving the Fire Alarm System by continuing the under- 
ground cables from Ingalls terrace and Humphrey street to the Central 
Fire Station with necessary loops, connections, and changes, as recom- 
mended by the Board of Fire Engineers. 



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[Dec. 31 



Article 37. To see if the town will vote to appropriate $225 to de- 
fray the cost of altering the plumbing at the Phillips Beach Fire Sta- 
tion to enable that house to be connected with the new sewer in Phillips 
avenue, as recommended by the Board of Fire Engineers. 

Article 38. To see what action the town will take relative to the 
disposal of clam, lobster and oyster shells and fish trimmings and other 
refuse from the hotels, markets and restaurants and appropriate money 
therefor, as recommended by the Board of Health. 

Article 39. To hear and act on the report of the committee ap- 
pointed at the Special Town Meeting, December 4, 1930, to consider 
the advisability of having a scientific revaluation of the property in the 
town, and appropriate money therefor. 

Article 40. To see if the town will vote to replace the tablet on 
the monument on Essex street to the memory of Abednego Ramsdell 
with one that shall state historical facts correctly, as petitioned for by 
John Albjee et als. 

Article 41. To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning By- 
Laws of the town so that all that land on the ocean side of Humphrey 
street, between King's Beach and Blaney Beach, may be zoned as a 
business district, as petitioned for by John Albree et als. 

Article 42. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
bills of the Lynn Gas & Electric Co. for damage done to conduits dur- 
ing sewer construction in 1929, and appropriate money therefor. 

Article 43. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of 
money for the observance of the 4th of July, 1931, and authorize ihe 
Moderator to appoint a committee of three to conduct such observance, 
as petitioned for by Geo. J. Place et als. 

Article 44. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $1,500 for necessary repairs and changes in the G. A. R. hall building, 
so called, on Pine street, as recommended by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 45. To see what amount of money the town will vote to 
transfer from the Excess and Deficiency account to be used by the 
Assessors in fixing the tax rate for the year 1931. 

Article 46. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board 
of Selectmen to sell the old Palmer school building and land on Humph- 
rey street. 

Article 47. To see if the town will vote to accept a portion of 
Windsor avenue as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen, 
in accordance with a plan made by W. W. Pratt, Town Engineer, 
dated January, 1931. and to appropriate money therefor, as petitioned 
for by Wilfred J. Fournier et als. 

Article 48. To see if the town will vote to accept Commonwealth 
avenue as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen, in ac- 
cordance with a plan made by W. W. Pratt, town engineer, and to 
appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for by Amato Pagnotta et als. 

Article 49. To see if the town will vote to remove the ledge on 
the easterly side of Puritan road near the Gale estate and establish 
sidewalks on the easterly side of said street and appropriate money 
therefor, as petitioned for by Herbert E. Gale et als. 

Article 50. To see if the town will vote to grant all town work 
in the future to concerns or contractors residing in Swampscott, thereby 
giving employment only to men living in Swampscott, as petitioned for 
by Angelo Palleschi et als. 

Article 51. To see if the town will vote to amend the zoning b}^- 
laws by changing from general residence district to single residence dis- 
trict the area included in the following streets and the land contiguous 
thereto or in the vicinity thereof, so that said area shall then be subject 
to the provisions of Article III of said zoning by-law except that a set 
back distance of ten feet will be allowable, namely: Easterly side of 
Walker road from Boston & Maine track to Mountwood road and 
Mountwood road as petitioned for by T. Carlton Rowen et als. 



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Article 52. To see if the town will vote to use Phillips Park, under 
Chapter 310 of the Acts of 1930, for high school and school yard pur- 
poses. 

Article 53. To see if the town will vote to erect on Phillips Park 
a public high school, and equip the same, and appropriate money 
therefor. 

Article 54. To see if the town will vote to authorize the present 
high school committee to proceed with the erection of a public high 
school on Phillips Park, under the foregoing article, with power to 
employ Cram & Ferguson as architects, to enter into contracts in be- 
half of the town, and to do all things necessary or proper for the 
erection, equipment and completion of such high school. 

Article 55. To appropriate and raise by borrowing or otherwise, 
under any general or special law which authorizes the town to raise 
money by borrowing or otherwise, such sum or sums of money as may 
be necessary for any or all of the purposes mentioned in the foregoing 
articles. 

The polls will close at 6 P. M. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting an attested 
copy thereof at the town hall, the post offices, at least one public and 
conspicuous place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the im- 
mediate vicinity of each railroad station in the town, seven days before 
the day appointed for said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with your do- 
ings thereon, to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting 
aforesaid. 

Given under our hands this sixteenth day of January, A. D. 1931. 

NATHAN G. BUBIER, 
HOWARD K. GLIDDEN, 
HARRY E. HARDY, 

Selectmen of Swampscott. 

A true cop3'. Attest: 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, Constable. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Tuesday, February 24, 1931 

Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the town of Swampscott in said County, 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 3-ou are di- 
rected to notify the inhabitants of the town of Swampscott, qualified 
to vote ill elections and in town aftairs, to assemble in the Town Hall 
in said Swampscott, on Tuesday, the twenty-fourth day of February at 
7:15 P. M., then and there to act on the following articles, viz.: 

Article 1. To see if the town will vote to construct a sewer in 
Bond street, Fuller avenue and Sherwood road, a distance of about 
1,150 feet, and appropriate money for the same, as recommended by the 
Board of Health and Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to lay a sewer in Plymouth 
avenue. State road, from Franklin avenue to Walker road, and Walker 
road from State road to MrDuntwood road, a distance of about 2,100 
feet, and appropriate money for the same, as recommended by the 
Board of Health and Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 3. To see if the town will vote to construct a sewer in 
Nason road and Cedar road, a distance of about 250 feet, and appro- 
priate money for the same, as recomqaended by the Board of Health 
and Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to construct a sewer in 
Arbutus road. Aspen road, from Arbutus road to Forest avenue, Forest 
avenue, from Greenwood avenue to Magnolia road, and in Magnolia 



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[Dec. 31 



road, a distance of about 3,900 feet, and appropriate mone}- for the 
same, as recommended by the Board of Health and Water and Sewerage 
Board. 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to extend the sewer in 
Burpee road about 30 feet and appropriate money for the same, as 
recommended by the Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 6. To see if the town will vote to transfer the following 
unexpended balances from sewers to Emergency sewer account as 
recommended b}- the Water and Sewerage Board: 

Whitman Road $56.28 

Section A 66.79 

Section B 3.915.52 

Section C 7,358.10 

Section D 3,065.27 

Article 7. To see if the town will vote to transfer the unexpended 
balances to Water Emergency Account, as recommended by the Water 
and Sew^erage Board: 

Stanlev road $83.47 

Charlotte road 48.20 

Article 8. To see if the town will vote to construct a culvert to 
enclose the brook from Shelton road, across Bates road and through 
Muriel road, a distance of approximateh' 800 feet, and appropriate money 
therefor, as petitioned for b\- Abraham Ranen et als. 

Article 9. To see if the town will vote to transfer to the Board 
of Library Trustees the unexpended balance, being approximateh' $900 
of the appropriation made under Article 14 of the warrant of the special 
town meeting of December 4, 1930, to be used b}- the trustees, according 
to their judgment, for matters relating to the completion of the chil- 
dren's room and work of improvement of the town library, as petitioned 
for by the Board of Library Trustees. 

Article 10. • To see if the town will vote to ratify- and approve the 
act of the Board of Selectmen in petitioning the legislature to authorize 
the Metropolitan District Commission to extend the ^Metropolitan Park 
in Swampscott b\- adding to it the Doane property at the easterly end 
of the present park system. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum not 
exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to be expended under 
the direction of the Board of Selectmen on municipal work, for the 
purpose of relieving unemployment. 

Article 12. To appropriate and raise by borrowing, under any 
general or special law, which authorizes the town to borrow money, or 
otherwise, such sum or sums of money as may be necessary for any or 
all, of the purposes mentioned in the foregoing articles. ^ 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting an attested 
copy thereof at the Town Hall, the Post Offices, at least one public 
and conspicuous place in each precinct, in the town and at or in the 
immediate vicinity of each railroad station in the town, seven days 
before the da}' appointed for said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with your 
doings thereon, to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting 
aforesaid. 

Given under our hands this twenty-third day of January, 1931. 

NATHAN G. BUBIER, 
HOWARD K. GLIDDEN, 
HARRY E. HARDY, 

Selectmen of Swampscott. 

A true copy. Attest: 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, Constable. 



1931] 



RFXORDS OF TOWN CLERK 



15 



RETURN ON THE WARRANT 

Pursuant to the within warrant to me directed, I have notified the 
legal voters of Swampscott, by posting attested copies of said warrant 
at the Town Hall, Post Offices, at least one public and conspicuous 
place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the immediate vicinity 
of each railroad station in Swampscott, on Monda}-, February 9, 1931, 
the posting of said notices being seven days before the time of said 
meeting. 

FRAXK H. BRADFORD. 

Constable. 



ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
February 16, 1931 

In accordance with the foregoing warrant the voters of Swampscott 
assembled at their voting places in the several precincts and were called 
to order at 6 o'clock A. \[. by the presiding officers. The warrant 
calling the meeting, with the return thereon was read b}- the clerk in 
each precinct. 

The following were appointed precinct oft'icers and qualified for 
same: 

Precinct 1. Warden, Edward H. Jordan; Clerk, John H. Keating; 
Lispectors, Franklin H. Keating, Lewis A. Coleman; Tellers, Charles 
A. Bryson, William H. Dow, Addie F. Xelson, Florence Child. 

Precinct 2. Warden, Louis M. Crocker; Clerk, John E. Coville; 
Inspectors, Carl J. Berrv, Leon D. ]Montv; Tellers, Martha M. Duren, 
Charles R. Dudley, Belle M. Walsh, Laura J. Pollay. 

Precinct 3. Warden, Stuart P. Ellis; Clerk, Albert Stone; In- 
spectors, Burton R. Carroll, Harold R. Young; Tellers, Aimer A. Jack- 
son, Leonard H. Bates, John G. McLearn, James H. Sullivan. 

Precinct 4. Warden, Arthur C. Eaton; Clerk, Donald S. Sawyer; 
Inspectors, John B. Cahoon, James W. Robertson; Tellers. Thomas J. 
]\IcManus, Bessie F. Maguire, Horace P. Fifield, Elsie M. Stiles. 

Precinct 5. Warden, Albert Enholm; Clerk, Raymond H. Owen; 
Inspectors, Irving A. Curtis, Walter L. Kehoe; Tellers, Alice E. Leslie, 
Winnifred G. Jacobs, Mary C. Boyce, John T. ^^lorrison. 

Precinct 6. Warden, Herman E. Story; Clerk. Timothy J. Ryan; 
Inspectors, John T. Merchant, George H. Coan; Tellers, Harry G. Hut- 
chinson, Anna M. Burke, Elliott A. Bunting, Charles X. Gallup. 

Precinct 7. Warden. Charles D. Addison; Clerk, Eustis D. Grimes; 
Inspectors, Charles M. Cahoon, Bernard J. X'^evins; Tellers, Howard I. 
Young, Patrick H. McGeough, Catherine Hodges, Henr\- E. Acker. 

Precinct 8. Warden, Charles A, Flagg; Clerk, Mary Donlan; In- 
spectors, Cyril E. Gannon, Sarah Conners; Tellers, Alice Flagg, Ellen 
Q. Lynch. "Margaret Duratti, William C. Hill. 

The balloting started at 6 o'clock A. M. and the count started at 
2 o'clock P. M. The ballot boxes registered correctly and the checks 
on the voting lists were the same as the vote cast. Polls closed at 6 
P. M. 

There were cast in Precinct 1. 331; Precinct 2, 313; Precinct 3, 308; 
Precinct 4. 216; Precinct 5, 289: Precinct 6, 344; Precinct 7, 389; Pre- 
cinct 8, 328. Total vote cast 2,563. Result of the balloting was de- 
clared at 8:18 P. M. Precinct 5 was the first to make a return at 6:22 
and Precinct 7 at 7:15 P. 'M. 



Preciilcis 

For Moderator: 
John R. Hurlburt. elected 
Blanks 

For Town Clerk: 
Ralph D. Merritt, elected 
Blanks 



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Tot. 

219 236 212 191 236 250 262 271 1877 

112 77 96 70 53 94 127 57 686 

229 233 216 203 226 265 259 267 1898 

102 80 92 58 63 79 130 61 665 



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[Dec. 31 



Precincts 


1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


Tot. 


For Selectmen: 




















R. Wyer Greene, elected 


128 


179 


124 


142 


175 


158 


185 


191 


1292 


Harry E. Hardy, elected 


213 


149 


178 


133 


108 


161 


201 


106 


1249 


Edward LaCroix, elected 


116 


140 


124 


121 


145 


151 


153 


250 


1200 


N. G. Bubier 


126 


118 


125 


112 


162 


183 


189 


159 


1174 


D. F. Knowlton 


179 


143 


172 


107 


94 


145 


179 


63 


1082 


W. E. Carter 


71 


90 


67 


81 


103 


91 


108 


113 


724 


J. B. Abbott 


37 


50 


28 


29 


15 


19 


19 


8 


205 


Blanks 




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KQ 

JO 


AC 

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1 OA 
LZ^ 


loo 


O/l 

y4 


77'3 


For Treasurer: 




















James W. Lib.by, elected 


244 


244 


239 


217 


242 


275 


293 


276 


2030 


Blanks 


Q7 




AO 


A A 


A'7 

4/ 


AO 

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OA 

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jZ 


Z.11 

0Ov5 


For Assessor for 3 years: 




















John B. Earp, elected 


215 


236 


211 


198 


248 


247 


252 


268 


1875 


jDianks 


1 1 A 

1 i 


77 


07 


Do 


A 1 


07 

y/ 


10/ 


AO 


AQQ 
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For Collector of Taxes: 




















Ralph D. Merritt, elected 


239 


244 


236 


212 


236 


264 


270 


279 


1980 


Blanks 


OO 

9^ 


69 


72 


49 


d6 


OA 

80 


1 1 n 

iiy 


49 


CO "2 
OOO 


For School Committee: 




















H. D. Linscott, elected 


191 


210 


195 


190 


226 


240 


250 


260 


1762 


Blanks 


140 


103 


113 


71 


63 


104 


139 


68 


801 


For Board of Public Welfare 


for^3 


years: 














Florence Preston, elected 


83 


112 


107 


97 


116 


177 


157 


179 


1078 


Mary E. Jackson 


38 


70 


74 


72 


42 


48 


42 


31 


417 


Ernest Corrado 


82 


50 


33 


29 


35 


37 


45 


22 


333 


Eben G. Pedrick 


10 


14 


39 


14 


20 


38 


69 


23 


227 


Hulbert C, Griffin 


65 


33 


24 


18 


6 


10 


10 


17 


183 


blanks 


53 


34 


31 


"3 1 






AA 
00 


CA 
00 


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Board of Public Welfare for 


2 years: 
















Clarence \\ . Horton, elected 


226 


230 226 


217 


239 


255 


2ii2 


252 


1897 


Blanks 


105 


83 


82 


44 




oy 


10/ 


7A 
/ 


AAA 
000 


Board of Health for 3 years: 




















Harold H. Bartol, elected 


212 


229 


220 


199 


IOC 


243 


2o2 


ZoZ 


1832 


Blanks 


119 


84 


88 


62 


A 1 


lUi 


1 11 
io/ 


7A 
/O 


711 


For Water and Sewerage Board for 3 


years: 












George D. R. Durkee, elected 


204 


228 200 


193 


222 


245 


246 


261 


1799 


Blanks 


127 


85 


108 


68 


A7 
0/ 


OO 

yy 


A A1 

14o 


A7 
0/ 


7A 4 
/04 


Park Commissioner for 3 years 




















John Homan, elected 


210 225 


203 


194 


233 


233 


255 


252 


1805 


Blanks 


121 


88 


105 


67 


CA 
00 


111 

ill 


1 1 1 

134 


7A 
/ 


7 CQ 


For Tree \\'arden: 




















Bernard B. Kennedy, elected 


242 


228 225 


209 


232 


265 


298 


272 


1971 


Blanks 


89 


85 


83 


52 


0/ 


70 

/y 


oi 
91 


CA 


C09 

jyZ 


For Trustee of Public Library for 3 years 














Elihu Thomson, elected 


211 


241 


230 


208 


244 


260 


259 


264 


1917 


Blanks 


120 


72 


78 


53 


45 


84 


130 


64 


646 


For Constables: 




















Willis Shephard, elected 


210 


226 


205 


190 


231 


240 


258 


254 


1814 


Frank H. Bradford, elected 


208 


223 


211 


191 


228 


230 


245 


251 


1787 


George J. Place, elected 


197 


215 


203 


196 


223 


222 


232 


242 


1730 


Blanks 


378 275 305 206 


185 


340 


432 


237 


2358 


Commissioner of Trust Funds 


for 


2 vears: 














Irving Curtis, elected 








2 





2 





V 





4 


Scattering 


2 


3 





1 


6 


4 


3 


3 


22 


Blanks 


329 


310 


306 260 


281 


340 


386 


325 


2537 


Commissioner of Trust Funds 


for 


3 years: 














Henry S. Baldwin, elected 














3 


1 








4 


Scattering 


3 


2 








3 


2 


1 


4 


15 


Blanks 


328 


311 


308 261 


283 


341 


388 


324 


2544 



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17 



Precincts 


1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 7 


8 


Tot. 


Planning Board for 3 years i 


















George ^I. Glidden^ elected 


loo 




100 


1 so 

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212 208 210 


990 


1 ouo 


Scattering 


A 
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u 




u 


1 







1 

1 


jjianKS 




1 lO 


1^0 


SI 
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76 136 179 


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jl lanning xJoarQ lor c years. 


















Henry S. Baldwin, elected 


1 1 (\ 




1 '?4 
lO't 


1 44 


179 


199 159 


171 
1/1 


1 9^14 


Ralph C. Curtis, elected 


1 4=^ 


1 44 


lUo 


yo 


102 


128 127 




yoo 


Conrad P. Richardson 


OO 


ou 


09 


(^7 

0/ 


58 


84 130 


1 D 




Ernest ^I. Folger 




40 


40 


41 


67 


53 80 


00 


41 ft 

HlO 


Edward J. Garity 


47 


41 


'^O 
01/ 


'^l 
Ol 


53 


28 42 




'?04 


jonn iv. i\agie 


OO 


/ 


41 
H 1 


1 

10 


20 


34 32 


1 7 
1 / 


90 

LyD 


Blank- <s 


194 


114 


174 


133 


99 


162 208 


203 


1287 


Planning Board for 1 j^ear: 


















John R. Hurlburt, elected 


146 


173 


170 


148 


193 


186 192 


225 


1433 


Herbert E. Ingalls, elected 


137 


143 


132 


112 


157 


153 156 


132 


1122 


Frederick T. Weed 


85 


110 


84 


88 


88 


93 141 


66 


755 


Blanks 


294 


200 


230 


174 


140 256 289 


233 


1816 


Town Meeting 


Members, Precinct 1 








xvaipn J. Vw-uriis, eicctcu 

JVUUCI L J_>. JTjLCgclILy, CICCLCU 












198 for 3 


years 












193 for 3 


years 


vv iiiarQ X . v^raiK, eiecieQ 












183 for 3 


years 


Alfr^^rl T-l Tr>npc plppff'rl 












176 for 3 




Leo J. Coughlin, elected 












170 for 3 


years 


John A. Herbin, elected 












164 for 3 


years 


Clarence B. Stensrud 












122 




Martin Mastromarino 












84 






Blanks 












696 







Town Meeting Members, Precinct 1 

(To fill vacancy) 
Boardman G. Steadman, elected 
John R. Nagle 
Blanks 

Town Meeting Members, Precinct 2 

Charles F. Hathaway, elected 
Albert E. Devitt, elected 
Harold H. Bartol, elected 
John A. Holmes, elected 
William W. Jaeger, elected 
Warren J. Dohert}'-, elected 
Francis J. Landry 
Blanks 

Town Meeting Members, Precinct 3 

Ralph E. Bicknell, elected 
Loring Grimes, elected 
Harry M. Lowd, elected 
Samuel Harris, elected 
George H. Knowlton, elected 
Arthur E. Hardy, elected 
Clarence M. Finch 
Blanks 

Town Meeting Members, Precinct 4 

Walter E, Furbush, elected 
Edward E. Call, elected 
Clarence W. Horton, elected 
Ralph H. Cary, elected 
Harry E. Hardy, elected 
Allen F. Spruce, elected 
Beatrice Wadleigh 
Blanks 



123 


for 


2 


3'ears 


112 






96 








227 


for 


3 


years 


224 


for 


3 


years 


223 


for 


3 


years 


206 


for 


3 


years 


187 


for 


3 


years 


164 


for 


3 


years 


128 








519 








212 


for 


3 


years 


208 


for 


3 


3'ears 


182 


for 


3 


years 


172 


for 


3 


years 


172 


for 


3 


years 


161 


for 


3 


years 


158 








583 








190 


for 


3 


years 


188 


for 


3 


years 


188 


for 


3 


years 


185 


for 


3 


years 


176 


for 


3 


years 


162 


for 


3 


years 


101 








376 









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TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



Town Meeting Members, Precinct 5 

John H. Welch, elected 
Charles E. Hodgdon, elected 
Nathan G. Bubier. elected 
Henry S. Baldwin, elected 
George H. Luce}-, elected 
George M. Glidden, elected 
Blanks 

Town Meeting Members, Precinct 6 

Philip W. Blood, elected 
Benj. B, Blanchard, elected 
Horace C. Holden, elected 
Howard K. Glidden, elected 
Harry D. Linscott, elected 
William E. Carter, elected 
Edmund A. Whiting 
Vincent P. O'Brien 
Blanks 

Town Meeting Members, Precinct 6 

(to fill vacancy) 

Fred L. Mower, elected 
Blanks 

Town Meeting Members, Precinct 7 



233 
230 
225 
224 
226 
220 
376 



tor 
for 
for 
for 
for 
for 



years 
years 
years 
years 
years 
years 



246 


for 3 


years 


216 


for 3 


years 


208 


for 3 


years 


221 


for 3 


years 


199 


for 3 


years 


175 


for 3 


years 


143 




123 






533 






243 


for 2 


years 


101 







Joseph Atwood, elected 


231 


for 


3 


years 


Abram French, elected 


231 


for 


3 


years 


Havelock S. Mader, elected 


210 


for 


3 


years 


Thomas S. Bubier, elected 
James W. Santr}-, elected 


208 


for 


3 


years 


207 


for 


3 


years 


George Lloj'd Smith, elected 


197 


for 


3 


years 


Frederick S'. Hall 


164 








Patrick J. Hanifey 


141 








Blanks 


745 









Town Meeting Members, Precinct 8 

Lucelia J. LaCroix, elected 259 for 3 

Arthur M. Wyman, elected 257 for 3 

William H. McCarty, elected 256 for 3 

Grace T. Dillingham, elected 255 for 3 

Robert C. McKay, elected 253 for 3 

Ralph H. Xutter, elected 253 for 3 

Blanks 435 



years 
years 
years 
years 
years 
rears 



Town Meeting Members, Precinct 8 

(to fill vacancy) 

Lee T. Gray, elected 
Blanks 



251 for 2 vears 
77 



Town Meeting Members, Precinct 8 

(to fill vacancy) 

Charles D. C. Moore 250 for 1 vear 

Blanks 78 

Adjourned at 8:30 P. M., to meet at the Town Hall, February 24, 
at 7:30 P. M. 



Attest; 



RALPH D. M ERR ITT. 

Town Clerk. 



1931] 



RECORDS OF TOWN CLERK 



19 



PLANNING BY-LAWS APPROVED 
January 6, 1931 

Notice received on the above date, that the Planning By-laws 
accepted and adopted by the Town on December 4, 1930, at a Special 
Town Meeting had been approved bv the Attorney General on De- 
cember 31, 1930. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



RESIGNATION OF EDMUND RUSSELL 
January 9, 1931 

Notice received on the above date, of the resignation of Edmund 
Russell, from the Board of Public Welfare, same to take effect at once 
on account of ill health. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



RESIGNATION OF TOWN MEETING MEMBER 
January 19, 1931 

Resignation of Kendall A. Sanderson, town meeting member from 
Precinct 6, received on the above date, on account of changing his 
residence from Swampscott, to New York City. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

, Town Clerk. 



CLARENCE W. HORTON APPOINTED 
February 16, 1931 

At a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Wel- 
fare, held on the above date, Clarence W. Horton was appointed to 
fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edmund Russell for the 
balance of the year ending February 1931. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



APPOINTED ON BY-LAWS COMMITTEE 
March 4, 1931 

Notice received upon the above date of the appointment of Clarence 
B. Humphrey, of 12 Humphrey terrace, to fill the place left vacant 
by R. Wyer Greene on the By-Law Committee. Mr. Humphrey was 
also appointed Chairman of said committee. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



SPECIAL TOWN WARRANT 
Tuesday, February 24, 1931 

Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the town of Swampscott in said County, 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are 
directed to notify the inhabitants of the town of Swampscott, qualified 
to vote in elections and in town affairs, to assemble in the Town Hall 
in said Swampscott, on Tuesday, the twenty-fourth day of February 
at 7:15 P. M., then and there to act on the following articles, viz.: 

Article 1. To see if the town will vote to construct a sewer in 
Bond street. Fuller avenue and Sherwood road, a distance of about 



20 



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[Dec. 31 



1,150 feet, and appropriate money for the same, as recommended by 
the Board of Health and Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to lay a sewer in Plymouth 
avenue. State road, from Franklin avenue to Walker road, and Walker 
road from State road to Mountwood road, a distance of about 2,100 
feet, and appropriate money for the same, as recommended by the 
Board of Health and Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 3. To see if the town w^ill vote to construct a sewer in 
Nason road and Cedar road, a distance of about 250 feet, and appro- 
priate money for the same, as recommended by the Board of Health 
and Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to construct a sewer in 
Arbutus road. Aspen road, from Arbutus road to Forest avenue, Forest 
avenue from Greenwood avenue to Magnolia road, and in Magnolia 
road, a distance of about 3,900 feet, and appropriate money for the 
same, as recommended by the Board of Health and Water and Sewer- 
age Board. 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to extend the sewer in 
Burpee road about 30 feet and appropriate money for the same, as 
recommended by the Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 6. To see if. the town will vote to transfer the following 
unexpended balances from sewers to Emergency sewer account as 
recommended by the Water and Sewerage Board: 



Article 7. To see if the town will vote to transfer the unexpended 
balances to Water Emergenc}^ Account, as recommended by the Water 
and Sewerage Board: Stanley road, $83.47; Charlotte road, $48.20. 

Article 8. To see if the town will vote to construct a culvert to 
enclose the brook from Shelton road, across Bates road and through 
Muriel road, a distance of approximately 800 feet, and appropriate 
money therefor, as petitioned for by Abraham Ranen et als. 

Article 9. To see if the town will vote to transfer to the Board 
of Library Trustees the unexpended balance, being approximately $900 
of the appropriation made under Article 14 of the warrant of the special 
town meeting of December 4, 1930, to be used by the trustees, according 
to their judgment, for matters relating to the completion of the chil- 
dren's room and work of improvement of the town librar}^ as petitioned 
for by the Board of Library Trustees. 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to ratify and approve the 
act of the Board of Selectmen in petitioning the legislature to authorize 
the Metropolitan District Commission to extend the Metropolitan Park 
in Swampscott by adding to it the Doane property at the easterly end 
of the present park system. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum 
not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to be expended 
under the direction of the Board of Selectmen on municipal work, for 
the purpose of relieving unemployment. 

Article 12. To appropriate and raise by borrowing, under any 
general or special law, which authorizes the town to borrow money, 
or otherwise, such sum or sums of money as may be necessary for 
any or all of the purposes mentioned in the foregoing articles. 



Whitman road 



$56.28 
66.79 



Section A 
Section B 
Section C 
Section D 



3.915.52 
7.358.10 
3,065.27 



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And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting an attested 
copy thereof at the Town Hall, the Post Offices, at least one public 
and conspicuous place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the 
immediate vicinity of each railroad station in the town, seven days before 
the day appointed for said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with your 
doings thereon, to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting 
aforesaid. 

Given under our hands this twenty-third day of January, 1931. 

NATHAN G. BUBIER, 
HOWARD K GLIDDEN, 
HARRY E. HARDY, 

Selectmen of Swampscott. 

A true copy. Attest: 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, 

Constable. 



RETURN ON THE WARRANT 

Pursuant to the within Warrant to me directed, I have notified 
the legal voters of Swampscott, by posting attested copies of said 
Warrant at the Town Hall, Post Offices, at least one public and con- 
spicuous place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the immediate 
vicinity of each railroad station in Swampscott on Saturday, February 
14, 1931, the posting of said notices being seven days before the time 
of said meeting. 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, 
Constable. 



APPOINTMENT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE 
February 18, 1931 

John R. Hurlburt, Aloderator, appointed the following, members 
of the Finance Committee for three years: Leslie F. Allen, 16 Essex 
street, Precinct 1; Charles F. Hathaway, 257 Burrill street. Precinct 2; 
Ralph H. Gary, 32 Norfolk avenue, Precinct 4. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Tuesday, February 24, 1931 

In accordance with the foregoing warrant, the town meeting mem- 
bers assembled at the Town Hall, at 7:15 P. M., and were called to 
order by John R. Hurlburt, Moderator, the necessary quorum being 
present. The warrant with the return thereon was read by the Town 
Clerk. 

The report of the Finance Committee was read by C. Frank Hath- 
^ away. Chairman. 



REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE 

To the Members of the Limited Town Meeting: 

The Finance Committee has made an examination of the warrant 
and presents the following report upon those articles that it has con- 
sidered. 

With reference to the appropriations recommended by this com- 
mittee for constructing and extending sewers in the several articles 
contained in the special warrant for this town meeting, the committee 



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has given careful consideration to this work and is simply carrying out 
what for some time has been the policy of the town. No sewers have 
been constructed or extended except when they served the neighbor- 
hood to advantage and seemed obviously necessary to protect the public 
health, and the total amount of the proposed appropriations is much 
less than we had originally anticipated. When this work is completed, 
the town will be about 85 per cent, sewered, and by making contracts 
for the work at the present time when competition among contractors is 
decidedly keen, a substantial saving upon the amounts we recommend 
may reasonably be looked for. 

Article 1. We, therefore, recommend that a sewer be built in the 
streets named in this article, a distance of about 1,150 feet, under the 
direction of the Water and Sewerage Board, in accordance with plans 
made by the town engineer and subject to the provisions of the by-laws 
relating to the making and awarding of contracts, and that the sum 
of $8,000 be appropriated and raised in the manner recommended in 
our report under Article 12. 

Article 2. We recommend that a sewer be built in the streets 
named in this article, a distance of about 2,100 feet, under the direction 
of the Water and Sewerage Board, in accordance with plans made by 
the town engineer and subject to the provisions of the by-laws relative 
to the making and awarding of contracts, and that the sum of $12,000 
be appropriated and raised in the manner recommended in our report 
under Article 12. 

Article 3. We recommend that a sewer be built in the streets 
named in this article, a distance of about 250 feet, under the direction 
of the Water and Sewerage Board, in accordance with plans made by 
the town engineer and subject to the provisions of the by-laws relative 
to the making and awarding of contracts, and that the sum of $2,000 be 
appropriated and raised in the manner recommended in our report 
under Article 12. 

Article 4. We recommend that a sewer be built in the streets named 
in this article, a distance of about 3,900 feet, under the direction of the 
Water and Sewerage Board, in accordance with plans made by the 
town engineer and subject to the provisions of the by-laws relative to 
the making and awarding of contracts, and that the sum of $35,000 be 
appropriated and raised in the manner recommended in our report 
under Article 12. 

Article 5. We recommend that a sewer be built in the road named 
in this article, a distance of about 30 feet, under the direction of the 
Water and Sewerage Board, in accordance with plans made by the 
town engineer and that the sum of $150 be appropriated from the 
Emergency Sewer Account. 

Article 6. We recommend that the town vote to transfer the 
following unexpended balances from Sewers to Emergency Sewer 
Account, as recommended by the Water and Sewerage Board: 



Whitman road $56.28 

Section A 66.79 

Section B 3,915.52 

Section C 7,358.10 

Section D 3,065.27 



Article 7. With reference to this article, we recommend that the 
town vote to transfer the unexpended balances to the Emergency 
Water Account, as recommended by the Water and Sewerage Board, 
to wit: 

Stanley road $83.47 

Charlotte road 48.20 

Article 8. The committee visited the neighborhood where this 
brook exists and find that it is a positive menace to the health and 
safety of the community, not only during the winter but in the summer 
as well, and there is no question but that the brook has become a 
public nuisance and must be abated before warm weather. 



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We, therefore, recommend that the Water and Sewerage Board be 
authorized to make a contract in behalf of the town for the construction 
of a culvert to enclose the brook from Shelton road across private 
property to Bates road, across Bates road and through Muriel road, a 
distance of approximately 800 feet in accordance with plans and speci- 
fications made by W. W. Pratt, Town Engineer; that all necessary 
easements be obtained without the payment of any money; that all 
property owners sign waivers releasing the town from any damage that 
may be done and that the sum of $5,500 be appropriated and raised in 
the manner recommended in our report under Article 12. 

Article 9. This article is simply to carry out and give effect to 
a recommendation made by the committee and adopted by the town at 
a previous meeting, but owing to some technicalities, out of the $3,000 
appropriated, only $2,100 became available under the wording of the 
recommendation. We, therefore, recommend that the unexpended bal- 
ance, being approximately $900 of the appropriation made under Article 
14 of the warrant for the special town meeting of December 4, 1930, be 
transferred to the Board of Library Trustees, to be used by them ac- 
cording to their own judgment, for matters relating to the completion 
of the children's room and work of improvement of the town library. 

Article 11. With reference to this article, the state and adjoining 
towns and cities have appropriated much more money than we are 
recommending for the purpose of relieving to some extent the unem- 
ployment situation which exists at the present time. This money will 
by no means be wasted and from reports received from the heads of 
departments a large amount of necessary work has been done and will 
continue to be done upon the property of the town, involving the Park 
Department, the Cemetery Department, the Moth Department, the 
Highway Department and other departments of the town. We, there- 
fore, recommend that the sum of $25,000 be appropriated to be expended 
under the direction of the Board of Selectmen on municipal work for 
the purpose of relieving unemployment. 

Article 12. For the purposes specified in Articles 1, 2, 3 and 4 
which relate to the appropriation of $57,000 for the construction of 
sewers in various streets, the appropriation of $5,500 to construct a 
culvert to enclose the brook from Shelton road across Bates road and 
through Muriel road, which appropriations aggregate $62,500, we 
recommend, that the sum of $6,000 be appropriated from the tax levy; 
that the sum of $6,500 be appropriated from the Emergency Sewer fund 
and that the Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen be authorized 
to borrow a sum not exceeding the remainder, namely, $50,000 and to 
issue bonds or notes of the town therefor, said bonds or notes to be 
signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by a majority of the Select- 
men and to be issued and payable in accordance with the provisions 
of Chapter 44 of the General Laws and any Acts in Amendment there- 
of, or in addition thereto, and of Clause 1 of Chapter 324 of the Acts 
of 1928; so that the whole loan shall be paid in not more than thirty 
years from the date of the issue of the first bond or note or at such 
earlier times as the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen may 
determine. Said bonds or notes shall be denominated on the face 
thereof "Swampscott Sewer Loan 1931" and shall bear such rates of 
interest as may be fixed by the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen. 

Respectfully submitted. 

C. FRANK HATHAWAY, Chairman. 
RALPH J. CURTIS, 
LEROY S. AUSTIN, 
RALPH H. CARY, 
PAUL W. BRICKETT, 
DONALD REDFERN, 
HARRY E. WHITTEN, 
JOHN A WALDO, 

Finance Committee. 



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\'oted, Article 1. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That a sewer be built in the streets named in this article, a distance 
ot about 1,150 feet, under the direction of the Water and Sewerage 
Board, in accordance with plans made by the town engineer and subject 
to the provisions of the by-laws relating to the making and awarding of 
contracts, and that the sum of $8,000 be appropriated and raised in the 
manner recommended in our report under Article 12. 

Voted, Article 2. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows : 

That a sewer be built in the streets named in this article, a distance 
of about 2,100 feet under the direction of the Water and Sewerage 
Board, in accordance with the plans made by the town engineer and 
subject to the provisions of the by-laws relative to the making and 
awarding of contracts, and that the sum of $12,000 be appropriated and 
raised in the manner recommended in our report under Article 12. 

V^oted, Article 3, To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations, as follows : 

That a sewer be built in the streets named in this article, a distance 
of about 250 feet, under the direction of the Water and Sewerage Board, 
in accordance with the plans made by the town engineer and subject to 
the provisions of the by-laws relative to the making and awarding of 
contracts, and that the sum of $2,000 be appropriated and raised in the 
manner recommended in our report under Article 12. 

Voted, Article 4. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That a sewer be built in the streets named in this article, a distance 
of about 3,900 feet, under the direction of the Water and Sewerage 
Board, in accordance with plans made by town engineer and subject to 
the provisions of the by-laws relative to the making and awarding of 
contracts, and that the sum of $35,000 be appropriated and raised in the 
manner recommended in our report under Article 12. 

A'oted, Article 5. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations, as follows: 

That a sewer be built in the road named in this article, a distance 
of about 30 feet, under the direction of the Water and Sewerage Board, 
in accordance with the plans made by the town engineer, and that the 
sum of $150 be appropriated from the Emergency Sewer Account. 

Voted. Article 6. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, 
and adopt their recommendations, as follows : 

That the town transfer the following unexpended balances from 
Sewers to Emergency Sewer Account, as recommended by the Water 
and Sewerage Board. 



Whitman road $56.28 

Section A 66.79 

Section B 3,915.52 

Section C 7,358.10 

Section D 3,065.27 



^^oted, Article 7. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, 
and adopt their recommendations, as follows: 

That the town transfer the unexpended balances to the EmerQency 
Water Account, as recommended bv the Water and Seweraee Board. 
Stanley road. $83.47: Charlotte road, $48.20. 

Voted, Article 8. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Water and Sewerage Board be authorized to make a con- 
tract in behalf of the town for the construction of a culvert to enclose 
the brook from Shelton road across private property to Bates road, 
across Bates road and through Muriel road, a distance of approximately 
800 feet in accordance with plans and specifications made by W. W. 
Pratt, Town Engineer; that all necessary easements be obtained with- 
out the payment of any money: that all property owners sign waivers 



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releasing the town from any damage that may be done and that the 
sum of $5,500 be appropriated and raised in the manner recommended 
in our report under Article 12. 

\^oted, Article 9. To accept the Finance Committee report and 
adopt their recommendations, as follows : 

That the unexpended balance, being approximately $900 of the 
appropriation made under Article 14 of the warrant for the Special 
Town Meeting of December 4, 1930, be transferred to the Board of 
Library Trustees, to be used by them according to their own judgment, 
for matters relating to the completion of the children's room and work 
of improvement of the town library. 

L'nder Article 10, a motion to accept and adopt the same was lost, 
81 voting: For, 37; Against, 54. 

\^oted. Article 11. That the following sums be appropriated for 
the following departments to be expended by said departments on 
necessary work within their respective jurisdictions with a view to 
relieving local unemployment therefor to be subject to the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen: (Unanimous.) Park Department, $2,342.75; 
Highway Department, $2,197.50; Cemetery Department, $5,447.55; Moth 
and Tree Department, $663.30; Selectmen's Department, $310.00; Engi- 
neering Department, $270.00. 

Voted, Article 12. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows : 

For the purposes specified in Articles 1, 2, 3 and 4, which relate to 
the appropriation of $57,000 for the construction of sewers in various 
streets, the appropriation of $5,500 to construct a culvert to enclose the 
brook from Shelton road across Bates road and through Muriel road, 
w^hich appropriations aggregate $62,500; that the sum of $6,000 be 
appropriated from the tax levy; that the sum of $6,500 be appropriated 
from the Emergency Sewer Fund and that the Treasurer with the 
approval of the Selectmen be authorized to borrow a sum not exceeding 
the remainder, nameh-. $50,000 and to issue bonds or notes of the town 
therefor, said bonds or notes to be signed by the Treasurer and coun- 
tersigned by a majority of the Selectmen and to be issued and payable 
in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Laws 
and any Acts in Amendment thereof, or in addition thereto, and of 
Clause 1 of Chapter 324 of the Acts of 1928; so that the whole loan 
shall be paid in not more than thirt}' years from the date of the issue 
of the first bond or note or at such earlier times as the Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen may determine. Said bonds or notes 
shall be denominated on the face thereof "Swampscott Sewer Loan 
1931" and shall bear such rates of interest as may be fixed by the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen. (Unanimous). 

Voted. To dissolve at 8:20 P. M. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



ADJOURNED ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
Tuesday, February 24, 1931 

In accordance with the adjournment of February 16, 1931, the town 
meeting members assembled at the Town Hall and were called to order 
by John R. Hurlburt, Moderator, the necessary quorum being present. 

Voted. To dispense with the reading of records of last meeting. 

Voted, Article 2. To lay on the table. 

Voted, Article 3. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows : 

That the Town Clerk furnish a bond with a surety company as 
surety in the penal sum of one thousand dollars, and that the custodian 
of trust funds furnish a bond with a surety company as surety in the 
penal sum of ten thousand dollars. 

Voted, Article 4. To be referred to the Financial Committee. 



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\'oted, Article 5. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen be and hereby is authorized to borrow 
money from time to time in anticipation of the receipt of revenue of 
the financial year beginning January 1, 1931, to an amount not to 
exceed in the aggregate $500,000 and to issue a note or notes of the 
town therefor, payable within one year, the debt or debts incurred 
thereby to be paid from the revenue of said financial year. (Unanimous). 

\'oted. That all articles calling for appropriations of money be 
referred to the Finance Committee. 

\'oted, Article 6. To lay on the table. 

^'oted, Article 31. To be accepted and adopted. 

Under Article 41, a hearing was declared, being an article to amend 
the Zoning By-Laws. John Albree, speaking for the amendment, and 
Mr. Doolej', representing the Godfrey Estate; and Clarence E. Hum- 
phrey against the amendment, after which the hearing was declared 
closed. 

Voted. That action under Article 41 be referred to the Planning 
Board. 

Under Article 51, a hearing was declared, being an article to amend 
the Zoning By-Laws. Joseph Atwood spoke in favor of the amend- 
ment. Xo one appeared against the amendment, after which the hear- 
ing was declared closed. 

Voted. That action under Article 51 be referred to the Planning 
Board. 

^Voted, Article 52. Action under Article 52 be postponed until the 
Finance Committee make their report on Articles 53 and 54. 

Voted. That when we adjourn it be to April 6, 1931, at 7:45 P. M. 
Voted. To adjourn at 9:20 P. M. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



WARRANT SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Monday, April 6, 1931 

Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the town of Swampscott in said Countv, 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are 
directed to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott, qualified 
to vote in elections and in town afiFairs, to assemble in the Town Hall 
in said Swampscott, on Monday, the sixth day of April, at 7:30 P. M., 
then and there to act on the following articles, viz : 

Article 1. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of 
Water and Sewer Commissioners to take b}' eminent domain, for the 
purpose of constructing and maintaining a public sewer, a sewer ease- 
ment, ten and 20/100 (10.20) feet in width, in and over the location 
hereinafter described, and appropriate money therefor. 

• Beginning at the point of curve in the southerly line of Aspen 
road, said point being the property corner of land of Mary E. Desmond 
and land now or formerly of Stanbon, Nye & Hill, thence S61-08-30W 
by land of Mary E. Desmond and land now or formerly of Stanbon^, 
Nve & Hill also land of Frederick E. Rowell for a distance of 132.25 
feet, thence S14-27-30W by land of Frederick E. Rowell to the easterly 
line of Millett road for a distance of 72-16 feet: thence, along the same 
course for about 25 feet; thence westerh^ for a distance of about 60 feet; 
thence southwesterly for a distance of about 320 feet, to the easterly 
line of Bay View Drive, the above description being the easterly line 
of a sewer easement, from Aspen road to Bay View Drive, the westerly 
line is 10.20 feet, from and parallel to the easterlj^ line, said easement 
being shown on a plan drawn by W. W. Pratt, Town Engineer, desig- 
nated "Section B Extension of Sewer Svsteni in Town of Swamp- 
scott 1931." 



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Beginning 22.32 feet north of the point of curve in the easterly 
line of Aspen road, said point being the property corner of land owned 
by William L. and Elizabeth Mahan and land of Walter C. and Sydna 
Collins, thence easterly b}' land of William L. and Elizabeth F. Mahan 
and Walter C. and Sydna H. Collins and Stanbon, Xye & Hill for a 
distance of 107.84 feet to the westerly line of Magnolia road, the above 
description being the northerh- line of a sewer easement from Aspen 
road to Magnolia road. The southerly line is 10 feet from and parallel 
to the northerly line, said easement being shown on a plan drawn by 
W. W. Pratt, Town Engineer, designated "Section B Extension of 
Sewer System in Town of Swampscott 1931." 

Article 2. To appropriate and raise b}' borrowing under any 
general or special law, which authorizes the town to borrow money, 
or otherwise, such sum or sums of money as may be necessary for an}^ 
or all, of the purposes mentioned in the foregoing articles. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting an attested 
copy thereof at the Town Hall, the Post Offices, at least one public 
and conspicuous place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the 
immediate vicinity of each railroad station in the town seven daj'S 
before the day appointed for said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon, to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting 
aforesaid. 

Given under our hands this twentv-seventh dav of ^larch, A. D. 
1931. 

R. WYER GREENE, 
HARRY E. HARDY. 
EDWARD LaCROIX. 

Selectmen of Swampscott. 

A true copv. Attest: 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, Constable. 



RETURN ON THE WARRANT 

Pursuant to the within Warrant to me directed. I have notified the 
legal voters of Swampscott, by posting attested copies of said Warrant 
at the Town Hall, Post Offices, at least one public and conspicuous 
place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the immediate vicinity 
of each railroad station in Swampscott. on Monday. March 30. 1931. 
the posting of said notices being seven da3'-s before the time of said 
meeting. 

FRANK H. BRADFORD. 

Constable. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Monday, April 6, 1931 

In accordance with the foregoing Warrant, the town meeting 
members assembled at the Town Hall at 7:30 P. M.. and were called 
to order by John R. Hurlburt. Moderator, the necessary quorum being 
present. The Warrant with the return thereon was read bv the Town 
Clerk. 

The report of the Finance Committee was read by C. Frank 
Hathaway, Chairman. 

To the Alembers of the Limited Town Meeting: 

The Finance Committee has made an examination of the Warrant 
for a Special Town Meeting on Alonday. April 6. 1931, at 7:30 P. M. 
and presents the following report upon the two articles contained in 
the Warrant. 

Article 1. By taking such easements as called for in Article 1 
not only will it result in a substantial saving of money to the town, but 
it will allow the proposed sewer to enter a sewer line with sufficient 



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capacity to care for it, whereas the only other way would be to enter 
a line of doubtful capacity and strength and which our Town Engineer 
feels is over-taxed at the present time, having regard to the size of the 
pipe and the community which it now serves. We, therefore, recom- 
mend that the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners be authorized 
to take by eminent domain for the purposes specified in this article, 
said easements, and that the sum of $500.00 be appropriated from the 
tax levy for the purpose. 

Article 2. There being no action necessary under this article we 
recommend that action thereon be indefinitely postponed. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. FRANK HATHAWAY, Chairman, 

PAUL W. BRICKETT, 

RALPH H. CARY, 

DONALD REDFERN, 

HARRY E. WHITTEN, 

LESLIE F. ALLEN, 

LEROY AUSTIN, 

Finance Committee. 

Voted, Article 1. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Board of Water and Sewerage Commissioner be author- 
ized to take by eminent domain for the purposes specified in this 
article, said easements: 

Beginning at the point of curve in the southerly line of Aspen road, 
said point being the property corner of land of Mary E. Desmond and 
the land now or formerly of Stanbon, Nye & Hill, thence S61-68-30W 
by land of Mary E. Desmond and land now or formerly of Stanbon, 
Nye & Hill, also land of Frederick E. Rowell for a distance of 132.25 
feet, thence S 14-27-30 W by land of Frederick E. Rowell to the easterly 
line of Millett road for a distance of 72-16 feet; thence along the same 
course for about 25 feet; thence westerly for a distance of about 60 
feet; thence southwesterly for a distance of about 320 feet, to the 
easterly line of Bay View Drive, the above description being the east- 
erly line of a sewer easement, from Aspen road to Ba\' View Drive. 
The westerly line is 10.20 feet, from and parallel to the easterly line, 
said easement being shown on a plan drawn by W. W. Pratt. Town 
Engineer, designated "Section B Extension of Sewer Sj'stem in the 
Town of Swampscott, 1931." 

Beginning 22.32 feet north of the point of curve in the easterly line 
of Aspen road said point being the property corner of land owned by 
William L. and Elizabeth Mahan and land of Walter C. and Sydna 
Collins, thence easterly by land of William L. and Elizabeth F. Mahan 
and Walter C. and Sydna H. Collins and Stanbon, Nye & Hill for a 
distance of 107.84 feet to the westerly line of Magnolia road, the above 
description being the northerly line of a sewer easement from Aspen 
road to Magnolia road. The southerly line is 10 feet parallel to the 
northerly line, said easement being shown on a plan drawn by W. W. 
Pratt, Town Engineer, designated "Section B Extension of Sewer 
System in the Town of Swampscott, 1931," 

and that the sum of $500 be appropriated from the tax levy for the 
purpose. 

Voted, Article 2. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, 
and adopt their recommendations. 

That action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 
Voted. To .dissolve at 7:45 P. M. 



Attest: 



RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



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ADJOURNED ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
Monday April 6, 1931 

In accordance with the adjournment of February 24, 1931, the 
town meeting members assembled at the Town Hall, and were called 
to order by John R. Hurlburt, Moderator, the necessary quorum being 
present. 

Voted to dispense with the reading of records of last meeting. 
The Finance Committee report was read by C. Frank Hathaway, 
Chairman. 



REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 

To the Members of the Limited Town Meeting: 

Your Finance Committee has given serious consideration to the 
budget, which it now presents, as well as to each of the articles referred 
to it in the Warrant. Nevertheless, the amounts recommended con- 
stitute a total far in excess of the previous year and with this comes 
a vision of a substantial increase in the tax rate of the town. 

Many factors enter into this increase. These include the expense 
incident to the unemployment situation which had to be met; the Pres- 
ton Beach culvert, so-called, which was entirely washed away by the 
last big storm, must be replaced at a cost of several thousand dollars; 
Beach Bluff avenue and Phillips avenue which are in a condition requir- 
ing that they be resurfaced at an estimated cost of about $25,000; an 
ordinary dirt road would cost about half that amount and would not 
last over two years so it is clearly economy to resurface with macadam 
construction. Salaries of the town employees w^ere increased last year 
about $17,000 but the larger part of the present increase is due to 
financial transactions of the town extending back over the last five 
\'ears. the effect of which we are now beginning to feel. 

Guided by all these considerations and conditions we have en- 
deavored to handle the matters before us so as not to be parsimonious, 
not to reject any sound project and at the same time be conservative. 
We feel assured of your cooperation and assistance and we feel certain 
that from now on by working together we shall be able to keep town 
expenses at a minimum. To insure this result, however, we must also 
have the cooperation of the various department heads to whom much 
discretion in the matter of expenditures is necessarily left. 

Article 4. For this year at least we feel there should be no increase 
in the salaries of any town officials. We therefore recommend that 
action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 7. All reports under this article have been covered by 
articles upon which we have reported. We therefore recommend that 
further action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 8. We recommend that the item for water of $63,606 and 
also the item for emergency water of $2,500 under the heading of En- 
terprises, be taken from the estimated receipts of the Water Depart- 
ment for the current year. 

We recommend that the following amounts be appropriated for 
the various departments for the ensuing year. 

General Government 



Legislative $950.00 

Selectmen 3,960.00 

Selectmen's Contingent Fund 1,000.00 

Accounting 3,600.00 

Treasury 2,403.00 

Certification of Notes and Bonds 500.00 

Collector of Taxes 4,006.88 

Assessors 4,500.00 

Town Clerk 815.75 

Election and Registration 2,760.00 

Engineering 7,700.00 



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Town Hall - - 4,400.00 

Law - - 2,000.00 

Board of Appeals 250.00 

Planning Board - 600.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 

Police $44,925.99 

Fire 45,120.00 

Moth 5,117.00 

Tree Warden 4,482.00 

Forest Warden 200.00 

Inspector of Buildings — - 1,300.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 555.00 

Subordinate Officials 630.00 

Care of Prisoners - 100.00 

Health and Sanitation 

Health $9,251.00 

Dental Clinic 1,200.00 

Health Nurse - 1,375.00 

Cleaning Beaches 1,250.00 

Refuse and Garbage 12,915.00 

Dumps 1,700.00 

Sewer 9,975.00 

Particular Sewers 1,000.00 

Brooks 4,500.00 

Emergency Sewer 1,500.00 

Highways and Bridges 

Highway Administration $3,280.00 

Highways 45,000.00 

Seal Coating 4,000.00 

Street Watering and Oiling 4,000.00 

Sidewalks and Curbing 4.000.00 

Snow and Ice 10,000.00 

Continuous Sidewalks 5,000.00 

Lighting Streets 24,265.00 

Charities and Soldiers' Benefits 

Public Welfare $25,000.00 

Soldiers' Relief 10,600.00 

State Aid and Military Aid 800.00 

Pensions 3.912.00 

Burnett Fund 1,166.00 

Schools and Libraries 

Schools - $198,650.00 

Libraries 11,900.00 

Traveling Expenses Outside State 100.00 

Recreation and Unclassified 

Parks - $10,060.00 

Memorial Day 525.00 

Firemen's Memorial Sunday — - 200.00 

Heat and Light G. A. R. and V. F. W. Halls.- 800.00 

District Nurse 300.00 

Legion Leases -— - — - - 1,340.00 

Trust Fund Custodians Bond - 40.00 

Reserve Fund - 5,000.00 

Printing Town Reports 1,334.31 

Insurance 2,763.00 

Veteran's Exemption — 50.00 



$39,445.63 



$102,429.99 



$44,666.00 



$99,545.00 



$41,478.00 



$210,650.00 



$22,412.31 



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Enterprises 

Water $63,606.00 

Cemetery 6,810.00 

Emergency Water 2,500.00 

$72,916.00 

Interest, Maturing Debt and Agency 

Interest on Loans in Anticipation of Revenue $10,000.00 

Interest on General Debt 24,567.75 

Interest on Sewer Loans 5,312.50 

Interest on Tuberculosis Hospital Bonds 1,640.00 

General Debt Maturing 54,200.00 

Sewer Bonds 14,000.00 

Tuberculosis Hospital Bonds 4,000.00 

Essex Sanatorium Assessment 6,308.68 

Tuberculosis Hospital Addition 3,779.81 

$123,808.74 



$757,351.67 

Article 9. Practically all of the necessary highway improvements 
can be taken care of out of the general budget or have been taken care 
of in special articles in this Warrant. We recommend that action on 
this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 10. This article has to do with the reconstruction of 
Puritan road from the Administration Building, so-called, to the New 
Ocean House. The estimated cost of the work would exceed $15,000, 
and while it is one of the principal arteries of travel along our shores, 
the fact that it is traveled principally only in the summer months, and 
then by people a vast majority of whom are residents of places other 
than Swampscott, it seems only fair that a part of the expense should 
be borne by the State and County. At the present time the Town Engi- 
neer advises us that the road is in fair condition for travel and that 
it could be seal coated at an expense of not more than $1,000 which 
would insure its good condition for at least two years. We recommend 
that the sum of $1,000 be appropriated for the purpose of seal coating 
this road, between the points named, the work to be done under the 
direction of the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 11. The Town Engineer advises us that the ledge referred 
to in this article should be removed for the purpose of widening the 
roadway and completing the work which was started some time ago. 
We therefore recommend that the sum of $450 be appropriated for the 
purpose of removing the balance of the ledge on the southerly side of 
Buena Vista street, the work to be done under the direction of the 
Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 12. The Town Engineer advises us that the roadway itself 
is in fair condition. In view of this, we feel that action on this article 
is unnecessary at the present time. We recommend that action under 
this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 13. We are convinced that the continuous resodding and 
repairing of the various grass plots and parking, except as heretofore 
done by the Highway Department, would not result in any permanent 
improvement, as it w^ould have to be done over and over again. We 
therefore recommend that action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 14. At the junction of Roy street, Jessie street and Eureka 
avenue, the Town Engineer advises us that there is a sufficient amount 
of travel to require that the roadway be widened so as to correspond 
with the street lines as laid out by the town. We recommend that the 
roadway at this point be widened as set out in said article, that the work 
be done under the direction of the Surveyor of Highways and that the 
sum of $300 be appropriated for this purpose. 



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Article 15. We find that this corner, as it exists at present, is a 
menace to the safety of the children who play in that section and also 
to motorists. There should be sufficient land taken on the southerly 
side of Buena Vista street at its junction with Cherry street to allow 
for a corner curve and curbing. We recommend that the Selectmen 
be authorized to make the necessary taking and award damages and 
that the sum of $250 be appropriated for the same, provided however 
that the necessary land to be taken can be obtained for not over $85.00. 

Article 16. Beach Blufif avenue is in bad condition principally due 
to the building of the sewer therein last year. The Surveyor of High- 
ways and the Town Engineer recommend that the street be resurfaced 
with some kind of smooth pavement. 

We recommend therefore, that this street be resurfaced with 
bituminous macadam construction in accordance with specifications 
approved by the Division of Highways of the Department of Public 
Works of the Commonwealth and that the sidewalks be regarded to 
conform therewith and that the necessary surface drains be constructed 
and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to make, sign and 
deliver a contract in behalf of the town therefor, subject to the pro- 
visions of the by-laws relating to the making and awarding of contracts, 
and for this purpose the sum of $16,800 be appropriated, to be raised 
as follows: $624.38 by transfer from the account of Monument avenue 
and Walker road, $1,668.84 by transfer from the account of Whitman 
road roadway and the sum of $14,506.78 from the tax levy, the entire 
project however to be contingent upon the town receiving releases from 
all abutting owners, so that no land damages result. 

Article 17. We were advised by the Town Engineer and the Sur- 
veyor of Highways that it will be good polic}^ and economy for the 
town to continue the pavement on Phillips avenue from its present 
terminus to Humphrey street and through Chatman avenue to Ocean 
avenue. 

We recommend therefore that this street be resurfaced with bitu- 
minous macadam construction in accordance with specifications ap- 
proved by the Division of Highways of the Department of Public 
Works of the Commonwealth and that the Board of Selectmen be 
authorized to make, sign and deliver a contract in behalf of the town 
therefor, subject to the provisions of the by-laws relating to the making 
and awarding of contracts, and for this purpose the sum of $7,616.82 be 
transferred from the account of Phillips avenue roadway to the account 
of Phillips avenue roadway extension and the sum of $200 be transferred 
from the account of Monument avenue and Walker road to the account 
of Phillips avenue roadway extension. 

Article 18. With reference to this article it seems to be a matter 
of good judgment to lay a mixed top, so-called, on the hills on Barn- 
stable street and thus prevent the gravel from continuously being 
washed away, and consequently avoid the continuous repairs which 
necessarily follow. We recommend that this work be done under the 
direction of the Surveyor of Highways and that the sum of $2,000 be 
appropriated for this purpose, $392.23 to be raised by transfer from the 
account of Bay View drive, $45.00 by transfer from the account of 
Minerva street and the balance $1,562.77 from the tax levy. 

Article 19. Upon the advice of the Town Engineer we recommend 
that Foster road be resurfaced with some kind of a mixed top, so-called, 
from Jessie street to the Griswold property, and that the work be done 
under the direction of the Surveyor of Highways and the sum of $550 
be transferred from the account of Bay View drive for this purpose. 

Article 20. Ir seems to us that a fence along this ledge would b}^ 
no means accomplish the purpose for which it was intended, and that 
instead of keeping children from falling over the ledge, it would really 
result in an invitation for them to climb the fence and that there would 
be more accidents with a fence than without. We recommend that 
action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 



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Article 21. After careful consideration of the situation here and 
acting upon the advice of the Surveyor of Highv^ays, it would appear 
that any money spent at the present time in an attempt to remedy the 
condition which exists would be money thrown away. We recommend 
that action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 22. Conditions at this point are not bad and there is no 
emergency which must be met in any hurry. The same conditions have 
existed for many years past and with so many other more necessary 
expenses to be met, we feel that action on this article can well be 
delayed. We recommend, that further action under this article be in- 
definitely postponed. 

Article 23. In view of the fact that the town for a long time past 
has been permitted to carry by pipe or otherwise a large quantity of 
its surface water into the brook which flows through this property at 
the end of Atlantic road, it seems only a matter of courtesy and fair- 
ness on the part of the town that it now construct a culvert which 
would be about 70 feet long, over the brook at the foot of the street. 
We recommend that the sum of $700 be appropriated for this purpose 
and that the work be done under the direction of the Water and Sewer- 
age Board, $97.94 to be transferred from the account of Salem Street 
Culverts and $602.06 raised from the tax levy. 

Article 24. At the present time in the Highway Department sand 
is spread over the streets after every storm in the winter and in the 
summer after the streets have been oiled, so that it has become an im- 
portant part of the work of the Highway Department to have this done 
in such a manner as to obtain speed and efficiency. A machine of this 
kind could be attached to any one of the trucks owned by the Highway 
Department. We recommend that the sum of $800 be appropriated 
for purchasing a sand spreader for the use of the Highway Department. 

Article 25. We have given careful consideration to this article and 
after many conferences with the Surveyor of Highways we are con- 
vinced that such a truck could be used to excellent advantage by the 
Highway Department. At the present time the Department has only 
two trucks and they are both heavy and not calculated to do the work 
intended for a lighter one such as is called for in this article. We 
recommend that the sum of $3,200 be appropriated for the purchase of 
a lYz or 3 ton truck for the use of the Highway Department. 

Article 26. At a special meeting held about three months ago we 
gave it as our unanimous opinion that in view of conditions existing at 
that time we could not see our way clear to recommend any increase 
in wages. Since that time there has been no substantial change in 
conditions and our attitude on this question remains the same. We 
therefore recommend that action on this article be indefinitely post- 
poned. 

Article 27. At the present time it does not seem feasible to con- 
struct a sewer in Pitman road for the reason that it involves the taking 
of easements through private property from Pitman road to Burrill 
street and until that can be arranged for it does not seem a practical 
thing to do. We recommend that action on this article be indefinitely 
postponed. 

Article 28. At the Town Meeting on February 21, 1927, it was 
voted under Article 16 to borrow the sum of $3,000 for the purpose 
of extending the water main in Foster road. This extension was not 
made for the reason that easements could not be obtained and the 
$3,000 has never been borrowed. It still remains as a "loan authorized" 
and reduces the borrowing capacity of the town to that extent and so 
as a matter of good bookkeeping it seems as if the town should vote 
to rescind this article. We recommend that the town rescind the action 
of the Town Meeting of February 21, 1927, wherein it was voted to 
borrow the sum of $3,000 for the purpose of extending the water main 
in Foster road. 



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Article 29. At the present time we do not feel like recommending 
any increases in salaries for any town officials. We recommend that 
action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 30. We have at the present time a combination motor 
pump at the Central Fire Station which has been owned and operated 
by the town for nearly 18 years, but during that time its mileage has 
been only a little in excess of 4,000 and it has seen approximately only 
150 hours of service. A careful consideration of the entire matter leads 
us to the conclusion that while the pump may not be strictly up to date 
it will serve the town for some years to come and answer any demands 
that may be reasonably anticipated, A new pump would cost about 
$12,000. We therefore recommend that action on this article be in- 
definitely postponed. 

Article 32. It is a matter of necessity to repaint the ladder truck 
at the Central Fire Station and install a starter on the same. We 
recommend that the sum of $460 be appropriated for this purpose. 

Article 33. We recommend that the town vote to purchase 400 
feet of 1 J/2 inch hose and fittings and that the sum of $250 be appro- 
priated therefor. 

Article 34. After conferring with the Board of Engineers we 
recommend that the sum of $350 be appropriated for the purpose of 
painting the Central Fire Station and making such other repairs as 
seem to them necessary. 

Article 35. At the present time there seems to be no need of 
installing any more fire alarm boxes in this section. We therefore 
recommend that action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 36. This article simply calls for a continuation of the policy 
which has been followed by the town during the last three years and 
the present appropriation will result in practically completing the fire 
alarm system when the underground cables are laid from Ingalls ter- 
race and Humphrey street to the Central Fire Station with necessary 
loops, connections, and changes as recommended by the Board of Fire 
Engineers. We recommend that the sum of $5,925 be appropriated for 
this purpose. 

Article 37. The sewer recently constructed in front of the Phillips 
Beach Fire Station necessitates a change in the plumbing in that station. 
We recommend that the sum of $225 be appropriated for that purpose. 

Article 38, There seems to be considerable merit in the request of 
the Board of Health for an incinerator. However, the matter has come 
before us so recently and involving as it does an estimated cost of 
$25,000 we feel that we have not had sufficient time in which to prop- 
erly consider the subject. Consequently, we are not in a position to 
make any report at this time. We recommend that action on this 
article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 39. We are advised by the Committee appointed at the 
special Town Meeting December 4, 1930 to consider the advisability of 
having a scientific revaluation of the real estate in the town by some 
outside experts in this line of work that the cost therefor would be 
about $6,000. Few places have adopted the system as yet and it is our 
opinion that the system at the present time would not be worth $6,000 
to us. We therefore recommend that action on this article be indefinitely 
postponed. 

Article 40. We understand that this article is being taken up by 
the Planning Board and that the Board will make a report to the town 
on the subject involved. 

Article 42. With reference to this article, some time ago, a con- 
tractor doing work for the town of Swampscott damaged some con- 
duits of the Lynn Gas & Electric Co. during sewer construction; as 
a result the Lynn Gas & Electric Co. have made a claim against the 
town involving some $298.80, We recommend that the Board of Select- 
men be authorized to make a settlement with the Lynn Gas & Electric 



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Co. for damage done to conduits during sewer construction in 1929 on 
such terms as they may deem for the best interest of the town and that 
the sum of $298.80 be appropriated therefor. 

Article 43. We recommend that the sum of $1,000 be appropriated 
for the observance of the Fourth of July, 1931 and that the Moderator 
be authorized to appoint a Committee of three to conduct such ob- 
servance. 

Article 44. We have given careful consideration to this article atrd 
feel that in view of the general condition of the buildings and the uncer- 
tainty as to its future that it would be unwise to expend any large 
amount of money for repairs and changes. We do, however, feel that to 
presently protect the building it should be repainted outside and some 
minor repairs made. We recommend that the sum of $500 be appro- 
priated for this purpose. 

Article 45. We recommend that the town vote to transfer from 
the Excess and Deficiency Account the sum of $10,000 to be used by 
the Assessors in fixing the tax rate for the year 1931. 

Article 46. In reference to the old Palmer School, while the build- 
ing as it stands has little or no value, we are convinced that the prop- 
perty should be disposed of to the best advantage possible. We recom- 
mend that the Selectmen be authorized to sell or dispose of at their 
discretion the old Palmer School building and land on Humphrey street 
now owned by the town. 

Article 47. That portion of Windsor avenue has been laid out by 
the Board of Selectmen in accordance with a plan made by W. W. Pratt, 
Town Engineer, dated January, 1931. We recommend that the section 
heretofore referred to be accepted as a public way as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen and in accordance with the above plan, and that the 
sum of $550 be appropriated to put it in condition for public travel, the 
work to be done under the direction of the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 48. In reference to this article the sum of $400 has been 
available for some time by vote of the town but due to the fact that 
the necessary easements and releases could not be obtained, nothing 
has been done by the town in pursuance of that vote. We now under- 
stand that these easements and releases can be obtained and we recom- 
mend that Commonwealth avenue be accepted as a public way as laid 
out by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with the plan made by 
W. W. Pratt, Town Engineer, and that the sum of $400 already ap- 
propriated be used to put it in condition for public travel; this vote to 
become effective as soon as the Selectmen have obtained such waivers 
from abutting owners as it deems necessary for the protection of the 
town, and the Town Engineer certifies in writing that the street is at 
line and grade. 

Article 49. There is nothing about the situation here which calls 
for any action at the present time. No sidewalks seem to be necessary 
at this point and the road itself is in very fair condition. We recom- 
mend that action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 50. Upon the advice of our Town Counsel that this article 
is clearly illegal and void, we are not making any report or recom- 
mendation upon it. 

Articles 53 and 54. The Committee has carefully considered these 
articles but as we understand that the Planning Board is studying the 
questions involved therein, we do not consider it within our province 
at this time to make any report or recommendations until the question 
of site has been determined. We therefore recommend that action on 
these articles be indefinitely postponed. 

Respectfully submitted, 
C. FRANK HATHAWAY, Chairman, LESLIE F. ALLEN, 
LEROY S. AUSTIN, RALPH H. CARY, 

PAUL W. BRICKETT, DONALD REDFERN, 

HARRY E. WHITTEN, JOHN A. WALDO, 

Finance Committee. 



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TRANSFERS 



From Monument Avenue and Walker Road 

To Beach Bluff Avenue $624.3S 

To Phillips Avenue Roadwav Extension 200.00 

$824.38 

From Whitman Road Roadway 

To Beach Bluff Avenue 1,668.84 

From PhilHps Avenue Roadwa}' 

To Phillips Avenue Roadway Extension 7,616.82 

From Bav View Drive 

To Barnstable Street $392.23 

To Foster Road 550.00 

942.23 

From Minerva Street 

To Barnstable Street 45.00 

From Salem Street Culverts 

To Atlantic Road Culvert 97.94 



$11,195.21 

From Excess and Deficiency 

To be used by Assessors in reducing the tax rate $10,000.00 



ESTIMATED RECEIPTS WATER DEPT. 

Water .... $63,606.00 

Emergencv Water 2,500.00 

$66,106.00 



REPORT OF PLANNING BOARD 

Article 40. In Article 40 of the Warrant for the annual town meet- 
ing Mr. John Albree, et als, question the historical accuracy of the 
Abednego Ramsdell tablet, and request that it be replaced at the ex- 
pense of the town. 

The article, under the by-laws, was referred to the Planning Board, 
and Mr. Albree was requested to submit his objections or new evidence 
if any relating to the inscription. 

Notwithstanding the specific charges presented by Mr. i\lbree the 
Board submits the following statement for the information of the 
meeting: 

The tablet referred to stands on a boulder at the junction of Essex 
and Cherry streets, and was donated to the town by the Old Essex 
Chapter Sons of the American Revolution December 4, 1929. 

It commemorates the heroism and patriotism of a brave soldier of 
Lynn, of which Swampscott was then a part, who was killed in action 
in the Battle of Lexington over 150 years ago. 

The Board has investigated all known historical authorities dealing 
with the subject, and has also conferred with officers of Old Essex 
Chapter, and finds that the statements made in the inscription are 
correct and in accordance with the known facts. 

It is recommended that action on this Article be indefinitely post- 
poned. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEN, 
JOHN R. HURLBURT, 
HENRY S. BALDWIN, 
HERBERT E. INGALLS, 
RALPH J. CURTIS, 

Planning Board. 



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Article 41. Article 41 of the Warrant for the town meeting of 
February 16. 1931, was referred to this Board by the town meeting 
members for investigation and report. 

This Article is based upon the petition of John Albree et als for 
a rezoning of the w^ater-front locus from King's Beach to Blane}' Beach, 
as a business district: 

The petition is as follows: Article 41. To see if the town will 
vote to amend the Zoning By-Laws of the town so that all that land 
on the ocean side of Humphrey street, between King's Beach and 
Blaney Beach, may be zoned as a business district, as petitioned for 
by John Albree et als. 

In considering the subject matter of this petition for report and 
findings it seems to the Board essential to give careful examination to 
the location and sites of the town as a whole, the character of the 
town as regards residential and business conditions, the occupation of 
its citizens, and the natural development of the town in the future. 

Swampscott is a town of slightly more than ten thousand inhab- 
itants. It is bounded on the west by the City of Lynn and on the north 
by the City of Salem and the Town of Marblehead, on the east by 
Massachusetts Bay and on the south by Nahant Bay. The land in 
Lynn adjoining Swampscott and in the vicinity of the locus described 
in the Article is zoned as a general residence district. The land in 
Marblehead adjoining Swampscott is also zoned as a single residence 
district, thus harmonizing the entire district as residential. 

Residential in Character 

The town itself is almost wholly residential in character and is 
widely known as a residential town. There are many fine residences 
and unusually well kept estates within the town, and this applies es- 
pecially to the land in the vicinity of the locus set out in Article 41. 
The town is exceptionally free from smoke, dirt, dust and noise. 
Swampscott is not in any sense a manufacturing or commercial town, 
and w^hile there are a few, perhaps three or four, manufacturing estab- 
lishments in the north part of the town nearly a mile or so from the 
waterfront locus, there is no business of that kind in any other part of 
the town. 

Water Front Locus 

The waterfront locus is a beautiful tract, some 1,200 feet in extent, 
having a depth of some 200 or 300 feet wath attractive dwelling houses 
well set back from the street and with attractive lawns and shade trees. 

This waterfront locus extending easterly 260 feet from King's 
Beach includes four parcels which are permissible for limited business, 
and it also extends further easterly some 1,200 feet to Blaney Beach. 
This latter locus, with the exception of the Ionic Club, is entirely 
residential. 

The stretch of 260 feet easterly from King's Beach is occupied 
by a three story wooden building containing a small cooperative bank 
and a branch post office on the lower floor, and a vacant office and 
tenements on the upper floors. This stretch of 260 feet also contains 
two buildings, occupied by combination soda, popcorn, and light lunch 
stores mostly for a summer business. 

It is important to bear in mind that when the 260 feet locus east 
of King's Beach and the locus on the north side of Humphrey street 
opposite this waterfront locus were marked on the zoning plan for 
permissible use in 1924, both of these places had been used for business 
long before 1924, and the owners were entitled to use their property 
under a permissible use, and it was so marked on the zoning plan. 

Future Development 

The present and future development of the town is an important 
feature in the matter of zoning. Swampscott is a town of about 10,000 
inhabitants. It is almost wholly a residential town; the homes of people 
doing business in Lynn and Boston. 



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There are some 2,384 dwelling houses and some 59 places for 
limited business; in other words, onh^ two per cent, of the structures 
are for business use and ninety-eight per cent, are strictly residential. 
The development of the town in the future as in the past, will be a 
residential community. Most of the shopping of the people is done in 
Lynn or Boston and the requirements in the town itself in the way of 
business trade is small, being merely supplementary in the way of small 
purchases. Nearly all the business now conducted along Humphrey 
street is that of small one room food shops, soda and popcorn and like 
matters, largely for summer trade. There are at all times a certain 
number of vacancies among these stores. 

Zoning Line 

It has been said by the Court, and it is of course self evident, that 
where zones are established, the zoning line must be drawn somewhere; 
otherw'ise there could be no zoning. 

It has been argued that inasmuch as the 260 feet on the westerly 
side of the property described in the petition and also the north side 
of Humphrey street is allowed as business location, that the land on 
the east side of Clif¥side avenue and on the south side of Humphrey 
street along the water front should also be allowed as business locations. 
This argument by itself has no force whatsoever. If that principle were 
followed "in extenso," there would be no restrictive lines to zoning. In 
fact zoning would be wholly impracticable. It is true that when zoning 
lines are established the zoning line must be of necessity be drawn 
somewhere. Zoning means a mark of limitation, a demarcation. The 
dividing line is frequently set by a street line. If the zoning on one 
side of a street necessarily involved a like zoning on the other side of 
the street, the zoning would be eliminated, and the locus on the other 
side of the street would be in the same zone as the first locus. So 
likewise, with the second locus having zoning as the first locus, the 
same principle would apply to the adjoining locus. The result would 
be that there would be no zoning limit. As a matter of fact, and prop- 
erly so, zoning lines are often drawn between adjoining lots. If the 
theory were adopted that because one side of a line is zoned, it must 
follow that the other side of the line must also be zoned, it would wipe 
out zoning lines. The theory is fallacious, incorrect and impracticable. 

Zoning 

The original Zoning Committee of the town and the voters in their 
wisdom and judgment have declared that the waterfront locus should 
remain a General Residence District so as to harmonize with the natural 
development of the town and assist in carrying out the scheme of mu- 
nicipal improvements. Swampscott is often referred to as the "Town 
Beautiful," and the location of the waterfront locus in question on the 
North Shore and on Nahant Bay is one of great natural beauty. 

It may be true that a somewhat additional price could be obtained 
from speculators who frequently force themselves into a town and erect 
small structures that do not add to the w^ell being of the town and which 
in many cases are very undesirable. To expect to change the zoning 
so carefully studied and applied by the tow-n merely because of some 
additional price is unwarranted. The courts have held that the mere 
fact that a somewhat larger return could be obtained is not in itself 
material. 

There is one feature that is of some importance in considering this 
question, and that is this: if any part or the whole of the waterfront 
locus should be zoned for business, only a small part of the depth, say 
about 100 feet, could be used for business structures, and the rest of the 
lot in the rear would become a back yard, so to speak, to be encumbered 
with the usual litter of stores and the like. The result would be that 
what is now one of the finest and most beautiful water fronts along 
the North Shore would become the back yard of stores. 



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Under all of the circumstances and considering all of the facts 
in the case, it is clear that in zoning this locus as a residence district, 
due and careful regard was paid to the prevailing characteristics of the 
neighborhood in such a manner as will harmonize with the natural de- 
velopment of the town as a whole, and with the general scheme of the 
Zoning Committee and the voters as expressed by the Zoning By-Laws. 

Purposes of Zoning 

The intent and purpose of the zoning By-Law is to protect and 
safeguard the town from unsightly and objectionable buildings and from 
undesirable exploitations so frequently promoted and foisted upon a 
town by eager and at times unscrupulous speculators. 

It should not be in the power of any man, whether sitting as a 
master, or otherwise, to set aside the combined wisdom and judgment 
of a Zoning Committee and the voters of a town, and in effect make 
this waterfront locus a business district. The Zoning Committee and 
the voters of the town in their wisdom and judgment and with intimate 
and special knowledge of local conditions have placed this locus in 
question as part of the General Residence District as being necessary, 
proper and advisable under Section 25 of Chapter 40 of the General 
Laws. 

As to that part of the statute which provides that zoning shall be 
carried out in a manner as will best promote the health, safety, con- 
venience and welfare of the inhabitants, lessen the danger from fire, 
etc.; this language is to be construed by the language of the statute as 
a whole and not to be taken alone as the controlling intent of the statute. 
Doubtless certain business uses might be permitted in almost any part 
of the residential district, which would not be detrimental to the health, 
Safety, convenience or welfare of the inhabitants of the town, and which 
W'ould not affect the health and safety of the people, nor add to the 
danger of fire. But it would impair the zoning By-Laws adopted by 
the town and would not harmonize with the natural development, nor 
would it assist in carrjnng out the scheme for municipal improvements. 
It would, however, decidedly upset and impair these objects. 

In other words the application of the words "as to health, safety, 
convenience and welfare of the inhabitants, and the lessening of danger 
from fire" is to be judged by the language of the rest of the statute; 
the general scheme for municipal improvement put forth by the zoning 
Committee and the voters that will harmonize with the natural develop- 
ment of the town. 

Zoning for Business 

It is to be noted that the petition referred to in Article 41 requests 
that the entire water-front locus between King's Beach and Blaney 
Beach be zoned for business. If this were done it would be the only 
business zone in the whole town. 

There appears to be some confusion about the matter of zoning. 
The town has only two zones, a general residence district and a single 
residence district. There is no business zone in the town. All the places 
along Humphrey street now used for business under a permissible use 
were used for business long before 1924, when zoning was first esta- 
blished in the town. The confusion arises because many people think 
that these places constitute a business zone, when as a matter of fact 
they are all in the general residence zone. 

There is an important distinction between allowing a permissible 
use and zoning for business. 

Under a permissible use for business the then existing structures 
could continue to be used for the business established there at the time 
of the adoption of the zoning ordinance in 1924. But no such structure 
may be enlarged without the special permission of the Board of Select- 
men, or on appeal, by the Board of Appeals of the town, and on the 
destruction or removal of the structure, the right for a permissible use 



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ceases, and the premises can no longer be used for business, even for 
a permissible use. This applies to ever}' parcel in the town marked on 
the zoning map as a permissible use for business. 

Whether any portion of the town should ever be zoned for bus- 
iness as distinguished from a permissible use for business, is a question 
which should always be very carefully considered by the voters of the 
town. 

Decision 

The Planning Board can see no reason why it should recommend 
the creation of a business district on this locus, when there is no bus- 
iness zone in any part of the town. 

The Board therefore is compelled to report adversely upon this 
Article of the Warrant, and recommends that action under this Article 
be indefinitely postponed. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEN, 
JOHN R. HURLBURT, 
HENRY S. BALDWIN, 
HERBERT E. INGALLS, 
RALPH J. CURTIS, 

Planning Board. 

Article 51. The Planning Board has considered Article 51 which 
was referred to it at the Annual Town Meeting held on Tuesday, Feb- 
ruary 24. This article proposes that the Zoning By-Laws be changed by 
making the easterly side of Walker road from the Boston and Maine 
tracks to Mountwood road a single residence district instead of a general 
residence district. 

As this proposed change would in our judgment be of benefit to 
the town, we recommend that the Article be adopted. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEN, 
JOHN R. HURLBURT, 
HENRY S. BALDWIN, 
HERBERT E. INGALLS, 
RALPH J. CURTIS, 

Planning Board. 

Article 52. The Planning Board, in considering a site for the new 
High School, is divided in its opinion as to the proper location. 

The majority favor the present Town Hall site, notwithstanding 
the apparent increased cost, on the grounds that the additional expense 
is justified by the possibility of further development of this district as 
a Community Center. 

The minority favor the Phillips Park location, as there is ample 
ground for the erection of the High School, with suitable surroundings 
of sufficient area not only for the building, but for an Athletic Field. 
This location is already the property of the town and no expenditure 
will be necessary to acquire it. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEN, 

Chairman. 

Voted, Article 4. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 7. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That further action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 8. That the amendment to the Finance Committee's 
report be accepted and that said substitute recommendation be adopted, 
as follows: (Unanimous). 

That the item for water of $63,606 and also the item of emergency 
water of $2,500 under the heading of Enterprises, be taken from the re- 
ceipts of the water department for the current year. 

That the following amounts be appropriated for the various depart- 
ments and activities for the current year: 



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General Government - 

Legislative $600.00 

Selectmen 3,700.00 

Selectmen's Contingent Fund " '500.00 

Accounting 3,525.00 

Treasury 2,051.00 

Certification 500.00 

Tax Collector 4,000.00 

Assessors 4,400.00 

Town Clerk 765.00 

Election and Registration 2,260.00 

Engineering 7,600.00 

Town Hall 4,400.00 

Law 1,500.00 

Board of Appeals 250.00 

Planning Board 600.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 

Police $44,00000 

Fire 44,500.00 

Moth 5,000.00 

Tree Warden 4,000.00 

Forest Warden 200.00 

Inspector of Buildings 1,300.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 555.00 

Subordinate Officials 630.00 

Care of Prisoners 100.00 

Health and Sanitation 

Health $9,251.00 

Dental clinic 1,200.00 

Health nurse 1,375.00 

Cleaning beaches 1,250.00 

Refuse and garbage 12,915.00 

Dumps 1,666.00 

Sewer 9,475.00 

Particular sewers 500.00 

Brooks 4,500.00 

Highways and Bridges 

Highway administration $3,280.00 

Highways 44,000.00 

Seal coating 4,000.00 

Street construction 2,000.00 

Street watering and oiling 4,000.00 

Sidewalks and curbing 3,600.00 

Snow and ice 10,000.00 

Continuous sidewalks 5,000.00 

Street lighting 24,000.00 

Charities and Soldiers' Benefits 

Public Welfare $20,000.00 

Soldiers' Relief 10,600.00 

State Aid 800.00 

Pensions 3,912.00 

Burnett Fund 1,166.00 

Schools and Libraries 

' Schools $196,150.00 

Libraries 11,000.00 

Traveling expenses 100.00 



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Recreation and Unclassified 

Parks $9,000.00 

Memorial Day 470.00 

Firemen's Memorial Sunday 200.00 

Heat & Light G. A. R. Hall 750.00 

District nurse 300.00 

Legion building 1,340.00 

Trust Fund Custodian's bond 40.00 

Reserve fund 2,500.00 

Printing town reports 1,334.00 

Insurance 2,763.00 

Veterans' exemption 50.00 

Enterprises 

Cemetery $6,310.00 

Water 63,606.00 

Emergency water 2,500.00 

Interest on temporary loans 5,000.00 

General debt interest 24,567.75 

Interest on sewer bonds 5,312.50 

Interest on T. B. Hospital bonds 1,640.00 

General debt maturing 54,200.00 

Sewer bonds 14,000.00 

T. B. Hospital bonds 4,000.00 

Essex Sanatorium Assessment 6,308.68 

T. B. Hospital addition 3,779.81 



Voted, Article 9. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 10. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $1,000 be appropriated for the purpose of seal 
coating this road, between the points named, the work to be done under 
the direction of the Surveyor of Highways. 

Voted, Article 11. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $450 be appropriated for the purpose of removing 
the balance of the ledge on the southerly side of Buena Vista street, 
the work to be done under the direction of the Surveyor of Highways. 

Voted, Article 12. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 13. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 14. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the roadway at this point be widened as set out in said 
article, that the work be done under the direction of the Surveyor of 
Highways and that the sum of $300 be appropriated for this purpose. 

Voted, Article 15. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Selectmen be authorized to make the necessary taking and 
award damages and that the sum of $250 be appropriated for the same, 
provided however, that the necessary land to be taken can be obtained 
for not over $85. 

Voted, Article 16. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
as amended. Action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 17. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 



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That this street be resurfaced with bituminous macadam construc- 
tion in accordance with specifications approved by the Division of 
Highways of the Department of Public Works of the Commonwealth 
and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to make, sign and deliver 
a contract in behalf of the town therefor, subject to the provisions of the 
by-laws relating to the making and awarding of contracts and for this 
purpose the sum of $7,616.82 be transferred from the account of Phillips 
avenue roadway to the account of Phillips avenue roadway extension 
and the sum of $200 be transferred from the account of Monument 
avenue and Walker road to the account of Phillips avenue roadway 
extension. (Unanimous). 

Voted, Article 18. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That this work be done under the direction of the Surveyor of 
Highways and that the sum of $2,000 be appropriated for this purpose, 
$392.23 to be raised by transfer from the account of Bay View Drive, 
$45 by transfer from the account of Minerva street and the balance 
$1,562.77 from the tax levy. 

Voted, Article 19. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows : 

That Foster road be resurfaced with some kind of a mixed top, 
so-called, from Jessie street to the Griswold property, and that the 
work be done under the direction of the Surveyor of Highways and 
the sum of $550 be transferred from the account of Bay View Drive 
for this purpose. 

Voted, Article 20. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 21. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 22. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That further action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 23. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and to adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $700 be appropriated for this purpose and that 
the work be done under the direction of the Water and Sewerage Board, 
$97.94 to be transferred from the account of Salem Street Culverts and 
$602.06 raised from the tax levy. 

Voted, Article 24. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
as amended. 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 
Voted, Article 25. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
as amended. 

That action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 26. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 27. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 28. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the town rescind the action of the Town Meeting of February 
21, 1927, wherein it was voted to borrow the sum of $3,000 for the pur- 
pose of extending the water main in Foster road. 

Voted, Article 29. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the salary of the Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Board, 
Mr. Durkee, be increased from $300 to $500 and that said $200 increase 
be charged not to tax levy but to water receipts, and that the salaries 
of the other members of the board remain the same. 



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[Dec. 31 



Voted, Article 30. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 32. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $460 be appropriated for this purpose. 

Voted, Article 33. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the town purchase 400 feet of 1^ inch hose and fittings and 
that the sum of $250 be appropriated therefor. 

Voted, Article 34. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $350 be appropriated for the purpose of painting 
the Central Fire Station and making such other repairs as seem to 
them necessarJ^ 

Voted, Article 35. To accept the report of the Finance Commitee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 36. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, that the meeting adjourn to Tuesdav evening, April 14, 
1931, at 8:00 P. M. 

Adjourned at 9:55 P. M. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



ADJOURNED ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
Tuesday, April 14, 1931 

In accordance with the adjournment of April 6, 1931, the town 
meeting members assembled at the Town Hall, and were called to order 
by John R. Hurlburt, Moderator, at 8:00 P. M., the necessary quorum 
being present. 

A'oted, to dispense with the reading of records of last meeting. 

Voted, Article 37. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $225 be appropriated for this purpose. 

Voted, Article 38. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

The report of the Committee of Revaluation was read b}* Charles 
A. Southworth. 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON APPRAISAL OF PROPERTY 
Report of Committee to consider adopting a system of Scientific 
Appraisal of Property in Swampscott 

The Warrant for the special town meeting held on December 4, 
1930, contained the following article: 

Article 9. To see if the town will vote to appoint a committee to 
consist of the Board of Assessors and four town meeting members to 
be appointed by the Moderator, to investigate the method of scientific 
appraisal now being made in several towns within the Commonwealth, 
to see if it would be applicable to Swampscott, — the committee to 
report with its recommendations at the next town meeting, as peti- 
tioned for by the Board of Assessors. 



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The above article being duly passed at said meeting, the moderator 
named Messrs. Carl J. Berry, Frank L. Burk, William G. Fallon and 
Charles A. Southworth as the four town meeting members. They met 
with the Assessors and organized with Charles A. Southworth as chair- 
man and Carl J. Berry, as secretary. This committee has investigated 
the matter of having a scientific appraisal of property in Swampscott, 
and submits the following report: 

The State Commissioner of Taxation is given authority by Chapter 
58, Section 3, General Laws, to provide assessors with such instructions 
and supervision as is needed to secure uniform assessment and just 
taxation, and to equalize the valuation of property for purposes of 
State, county, and local taxation. The Commissioner is urging upon 
municipalities the undertaking of a scientific appraisal of property, to 
the end that valuation and assessments shall be more equitable and just 
throughout the State. 

Most taxpayers recognize the fact that the cost of governmental 
activities must constantly increase as a municipality grows and its 
citizens demand more and better service from all departments, and that 
this must necessarily result in an advance in valuation and in tax rate 
from time to time. 

Where such advances are made reasonably, no citizen is likely to 
complain seriously, provided he can be convinced that he is not indi- 
vidually being called upon to pay more than his just and fair proportion 
of such necessary increase in the operation of his local government. 

If his property is evaluated scientifically by a tax expert who comes 
from outside and is therefore a disinterested party, it seems as though 
he would be assured that he is receiving an absolutely impartial ap- 
praisal, and therefore a square deal; and that the best and fairest method 
yet devised for appraising and assessing real estate has been applied to 
his individual case. 

This town has been very fortunate in the matter of keeping down 
the cost of operating its assessing department, — yet the records and 
data of the assessors are, according to the tax experts, in very good 
shape. The assessors feel, however, that they ought to be furnished 
with adequate and modern equipment to enable them to do the best 
possible work, — and they are positive that a scientific appraisal of the 
town's buildings at this time would give to their efforts a much greater 
degree of efficiency than can possibly be achieved otherwise. 

The method of installing such a system has been explained to us 
in detail, though of course its nature and the amount of work involved 
vary with the condition in which the assessors' records are found in 
any community. After an examination of our records, it has been 
estimated that a scientific appraisal of buildings alone would cost six 
thousand dollars. The assessors do not believe an appraisal is necessary 
so far as land values are concerned, — which makes the cost of installing 
the system much less than it would otherwise be. 

Briefly, the procedure in regard to buildings is this, — the dimensions 
and areas of all buildings in town are obtained, and a replacement figure 
given to each. The buildings are then depreciated from a physical 
basis, — their age, condition, etc., deducted, and also what is known as 
functional depreciation, as lack of utility, wrong location, obsolescence 
in general. These deductions having been made, the figure finally 
arrived at is considered the "sound value" of the building. 

In the language of the Tax Commissioner, the appraisals so estab- 
lished represent the fundamental principles of taxation, — being full, fair 
and equal so far as it is humanly possible to make them so; full because 
everything assessable is taken; fair, because the values established are 
comparatively low: equal, because all have been treated alike, since the 
same yard-stick of measurement and determination has been used in 
every way. 



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The assessors are unanimous in recommending the installation of 
this system of scientific appraisal in Swampscott, but only insofar as it 
relates to buildings; and all the town meeting members are also of the 
opinion that it would be for the town's best interest to take such action 
at this time. Your committee therefore recommends unanimously that 
the town appropriate the sum of six thousand dollars for this purpose, 
and authorize the Board of Assessors to proceed with the work. 

CHARLES A. SOUTHWORTH. 
CARL J. BERRY. 
FRANK L. BURK. 
WILLL\M G. FALLON. 
EDWARD A. MAXFIELD. 
CLARENCE B. HUMPHREY. 
JOHN B. EARP. 

Voted, Article 39. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

The report of the Planning Board was read by Henry S. Baldwin. 

J. Henry Welch made an amendment to the Planning Board's re- 
port viz: 

That the Board of Library Trustees be authorized to remove the 
present tablet on the Ramsdell monument and replace it with one which 
will state historical facts correctly, for which purpose the sum of $200 
be appropriated. The amendment was lost. 

Voted, Article 40. To accept the report of the Planning Board and 
adopt their recommendations, as follows : 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Under Article 41 the report of the Planning Board was read by 
George M. Glidden, chairman. 

Conrad P. Richardson made an amendment to the Planning Board's 
report, viz: 

That the official zoning map of the Town of Swampscott shall be 
changed so that all lots between the beaches on Humphre}- street shall 
be shown in black, to the end that both sides of said street in that area 
shall be under the same restrictions. The amendment was lost. 

Voted. Article 41. To accept the report of the Planning Board and 
adopt their recommendations, as follows: 

That action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 42. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations, as follows : 

That action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 

L'nder Article 43 an amendment was made by Harry D. Linscott. 

viz : 

That the words $500 be accepted in place of the words $1,000. The 
amendment was lost. 

Voted. Article 43. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows : 

That the sum of $1,000 be appropriated for the observance of the 
Fourth of July. 1931. and that the Moderator be authorized to appoint a 
committee of three to conduct such observance. 

Voted. Article 44. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $500 be appropriated for this purpose. 

Voted. Article 45. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the town transfer from the Excess and Deficiency Account 
the sum of $10,000 to be used by the Assessors in fixing the tax rate 
for the year 1931. (L'nanimous'). 

Voted. Article 46. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations, as follows: 



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That the Selectmen be authorized to sell or dispose of at their 
discretion the old Palmer School building and land on Humphrey street, 
now owned by the town. 

Voted, Article 47. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations, as follows : 

That the section heretofore referred to, be accepted as a public way 
as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and in accordance with the above 
plan and that the sum of $550 be appropriated to put it in condition 
for public travel, the work to be done under the direction of the Sur- 
veyor of Highways. (Unanimous). 

Voted, Article 48. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That Commonwealth avenue be accepted as a public way as laid 
out by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with the plan made by 
W. W. Pratt, Town Engineer, and that the sum of $400 already appro- 
priated be used to put it in condition for public travel; this vote to 
become effective as soon as the Selectmen have obtained such waivers 
from abutting owners as it deems necessary for the protection of the 
town, and the Town Engineer certifies in writing that the street is at 
line and grade. (Unanimous). 

Voted, Article 49. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action under this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted, Article 50. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows : 

That this article is illegal and void. 

Under Article 51 the report of the Planning Board was read by 
Ralph J. Curtis. 

Voted, Article 51. To accept the report of the Planning Board 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the article be adopted. To amend the zoning by-laws by 
changing from general residence district to single residence district the 
area included in the following streets and the land contiguous thereto 
or in the vicinity thereof, so that said area shall be subject to the pro- 
visions of Article 3 of said zoning by-law except that a set back distance 
of ten feet will be allowable, namely: Easterly side of Walker road from 
Boston & Maine track to Mountwood road and Mountwood road. 
Yes. 99: No, 0. 

Voted, Article 52. That action under this article be indefinitely 
postponed. 

Voted. That Articles 53 and 54 be taken up together. 
Voted, Articles 53 and 54. To accept the report of the Finance 
Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: 
That action on these Articles be indefinitely postponed. 
Voted. Article 55. To be laid on the table. 

Voted, that the town meeting members render a vote of thanks 
to Town Counsel Linscott for the service rendered the town. 
Voted, to dissolve the town meeting at 9:50 P. M. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



WARRANT SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Monday, April 27, 1931 

Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Swampscott, in said County. 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are di- 
rected to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott, qualified 
to vote in elections and in town affairs, to assemble in the Town Hall 
in said Swampscott on Monday, the twenty-seventh day of April, at 
8 P. M., then and there to act on the following articles, viz: 



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Article 1. To see if the town will vote to acquire in fee, either by 
purchase or by eminent domain, for public school purposes, any or all 
of the premises known as the Stanbon, Nye & Hill property located on 
Forest avenue about opposite Aspen road and Magnolia road, bounded 
on the west by land now or formerly of Blaney, on the east by land of 
Elizabeth F. D. Whitney, and lying adjacent to the Swampscott branch 
of the Boston & Maine Railroad on the south, containing approximately 
six acres more or less, and or any portion of the land of Elizabeth F. 
D. Whitney on said Forest avenue adjacent to said Stanbon, Nye & 
Hill premises, and appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for by 
the School Committee. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to construct on the premises 
described in the foregoing article, or any portion thereof that may be 
acquired by the town, a public high school and to originall}' equip and 
furnish the same and appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for by 
the School Committee. 

Article 3. To see if the town will appoint a committee with full 
authority to proceed with the erection, equipment, furnishing and 
preparation for use of the public high school referred to in the fore- 
going article, on said premises on Forest avenue, Swampscott. and to 
that end to engage an architect, obtain plans, advertise for bids, enter 
into contracts, and generally to do any and all things necessary or 
proper to erect, furnish, equip, prepare and complete such public high 
school, and appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for by the School 
Committee. 

Article 4. To appropriate and raise by borrowing or otherwise, 
under any general or special law, which authorizes the town to raise 
mone}'' by borrowing or otherwise, such sum or sums which may be 
necessary for any or all of the purposes mentioned in the foregoing 
articles. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting an attested 
copy thereof at the Town Hall, the Post Offices, at least one public and 
conspicuous place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the imme- 
diate vicinity of each railroad station in the town seven days before 
the day appointed for said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant with A^our 
doings thereon to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting 
aforesaid. 

Given under our hands this sixteenth day of April, A. D. 1931. 

R. WYER GREENE. 
HARRY E. HARDY, 
EDWARD LaCROIX, 

Selectmen of Swampscott. 

A true copy. Attest: 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, 

Constable. 



RETURN ON THE WARRANT 

Pursuant to the within Warrant to me directed, I have notified the 
legal voters of Swampscott, by posting attested copies of said Warrant 
at the Town Hall, Post Offices, at least one public and conspicuous 
place in each precinct in the town and at or in the immediate vicinity 
of each railroad station in Swampscott, on Saturday, April 18. 1931, the 
posting of said notices being seven days before the time of said meeting. 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, 
Constable. 



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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Monday, April 27, 1931 

In accordance with the foregoing Warrant, the town meeting 
members assembled at the Town Hall at 8:00 P. M., and were called to 
order by John R. Hurlburt, Moderator, the necessary quorum being 
present. The Warrant with the return thereon was read by the Town 
Clerk. 

The Planning Board report was read by George M. Glidden, and 
the Finance Committee report by C. Frank Hathaway. 



PLANNING BOARD REPORT 

This article, referring to the taking of a certain parcel of land on 
Forest avenue for high school purposes, has received the careful con- 
sideration of the Planning Board. 

One of the duties of this board is to consider and prepare a town 
plan, anticipating all future developments, and the erection of a high 
school on the property described in this article would comply in all 
respects with the tentative plan which is now being considered by the 
board. 

The property is geographically in a central location. At the present 
time the approaches are good and as the territory in the proximity 
develops, so will the approaches be developed. In fact, there is at 
present time a plan under consideration for the extension of Forest 
avenue from its present termination through the Whitney estate and 
thence to Humphrey street. Furthermore, if in time the development 
proved the necessity, it would be a simple matter to construct an over- 
head bridge over the Boston & Maine Railroad tracks, thus opening up 
the territory to the west of the tracks. The proposed location would 
help to develop the neighboring lands, thus adding more taxable prop- 
erty to the town. The zone in which this site is located is adapted for 
school purposes. The cost of land taking would be low. 

In considering the sites for high school purposes, the present Town 
Hall site was considered by the Planning Board. There are, however, 
objections to it. The placing of a high school on the present Town 
Hall site would preclude the possibility of a civic center. In the town 
plan now being considered by the Planning Board, it is hoped that this 
site may be developed as a civic center, embracing a memorial audito- 
rium, an administrative building, and a police station. The land takings 
necessary for a high school on this site would be very costly, in the 
vicinity of $110,000: the area is limited and to erect a suitable high 
school on such limited area would dwarf the present buildings in the 
neighborhood. 

We recommend, therefore, by unanimous vote, that the town 
accept the site described in Article 1 for high school purposes. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEN, 
JOHN R. HURLBURT, 
HERBERT E. INGALLS, 
RALPH J. CURTIS, 
HENRY S. BALDWIN, 

Planning Board. 



FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT 

To the Members of the Limited Town Meeting: 

The Finance Committee herewith submits its report concerning 
Article 1 in the Warrant for the special town meeting of April 27, 1931. 

Article 1. The lot referred to in Article 1 contains between 
and 8 acres; it is made up of two distinct sections, said sections being 



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separated b}' the Marblehead branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad 
Co., whose tracks at this point run through a deep cut approximately 
25 feet below the surface of the lot. The easterly or Forest avenue 
section contains about 55^ acres and the smaller or westerly section con- 
tains about two acres. The topography of the whole lot is difficult to 
describe. There is no level surface on any part of it, and a substantial 
part of the easterly section is a swamp and the remainder is made up 
of innumerable declivities and covered with ledges and boulders. The 
committee availed itself of the advice of Mr. W. W. Pratt, our town 
engineer, and we concluded from our conference with him that to cut 
and fill such part of the lot as would be necessary to place the proposed 
school with its immediate surroundings would involve an expense of 
about $25,000. Just what it would cost to cut and fill the remainder 
of that section so as to make it of any practical use is problematical, 
but we are advised that an expenditure of $50,000 on this section would 
not make much of a showing. It has been suggested by the Planning 
Board that the two sections of this lot could be joined by an overhead 
bridge. This, however, would be expensive and impractical in our 
opinion and furthermore the westerly section, so called, would require 
the expenditure of many thousand dollars to make that available for 
any practical use, consisting as it does almost entirely of a very steep, 
high ledge. 

Having these considerations in mind, we feel that the lot would be 
no bargain at any price. We, therefore, recommend that further action 
upon this article be indefinitely postponed. 

C. FRANK HATHAWAY, 
RALPH H. CARY, 
HARRY E. WHITTEN, 
PAUL W. BRICKETT, 
LESLIE F. ALLEN, 
DONALD REDFERN, 

Finance Committee. 

Under Article 1, a motion to accept the report of the Finance Com- 
mittee and adopt their recommendations, viz: To indefiniteK^ postpone 
action under this article was lost. Yes, 49; No, 57. 

Voted, Article 1. That the Selectmen be authorized to take by 
eminent domain for public school purposes the land on Forest avenue, 
commonly known as "The Stanbon, Nye & Hill Lot" bounded and 
described substantially as follows, and that the sum of $16,000 be 
appropriated therefor, of which $6,000 thereof shall be raised from the 
tax levy of the current year, and that the balance, nameh' $10,000. be 
raised by notes or bonds of the town, issued within the limit of in- 
debtedness, and to that end the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen, be authorized to borrow a sum not exceeding said balance, 
namely $10,000, and to issue notes or bonds of the town therefor; said 
notes or bonds to be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by a 
majority of the Selectmen and to be issued and payable in accordance 
with the provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Laws and all acts 
and amendments thereof and in addition thereto, so that the whole loan 
shall be paid in not less than fifteen years from the issue of the first 
bond or note, said bonds or notes to be denominated on the face thereof 
I'Swampscott High School Loan 1931" and to bear such rates of 
interest as may be fixed by the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen. 

Parcel "A." Beginning at a point on the northerly side of Forest 
avenue at the intersection with the westerly line of the Whitney estate, 
thence running 68-44-20W along the northerly line of Forest avenue 
a distance of four hundred and fifty-four and six one hundredths (454.06) 
feet to stone monument at a bend in Forest avenue; thence turning and 
running S62-34-10W along the northerly line of Forest avenue a distance 
of eight and ten one hundredths C8.10) feet to the easterly boundary line 



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of land belonging now or formerly to Blaney; thence turning and run- 
ning in a general north-westerly direction, following the Hne of an old 
stone wall, a distance of five hundred and seventy-six and seventy-three 
one hundredths (576.73) feet to an old stone monument at the southerly 
line of the property of the Boston & Maine Railroad; thence turning 
and running in a general easterly direction on a curved line, having a 
radius of 1088.46 feet, a distance of four hundred and ninety-six and 
seventeen one hundredths (496.17) feet to the westerly boundary of the 
Boston & Maine Railroad location; thence turning and running in a 
generally southeasterly direction along the westerly boundary of the 
Whitney estate a distance of four hundred seventy-one and thirteen 
one hundredths (471.13) feet to the intersection of the northerly line 
of Forest avenue with the westerly line of the Whitney estate being 
the point of beginning. 

All of said measurements being more or less. 

Said parcel contains 231,290 square feet of land more or less. 

Parcel "B." Parcel of land *'B" lies along the northerly side ot 
the Boston & Maine Railroad location and is the continuation of the 
so-called "Parcel A." 

From the old stone monument at the northerly corner of the Blaney 
property and the northwesterly corner of "Parcel A," the stone monu- 
ment being on the southerly line of the Boston & Maine Railroad loca- 
tion; thence running in a generally northwesterly direction across the 
railroad property a distance of 61.46 feet to second old stone monument 
on the northerly line of the railroad location, said second old stone 
monument being the point of beginning for the description of "Par- 
cel B." 

Beginning at the second old stone monument above mentioned; 
thence running in a generally northeasterly direction by land of the 
Boston & Maine Railroad and land of now or formerly Rowen a dis- 
tance of four hundred and sixty and eighty-four one hundredths (460.84) 
feet to the westerly boundary of the Whitney estate; thence turning and 
running in a generally southeasterly direction along the westerly boun- 
dary of the Whitney estate a distance of two hundred and twenty-three 
and forty-three one hundredths (223.43) feet to a third old stone monu- 
ment at the intersection of the northerly line of the Boston & Maine 
Railroad location; thence turning and running in a generally south- 
westerly direction along a curved line, having a radius of 1038.46 feet 
and said curved Hne also being fifty feet distance from the northerly 
boundary line of "Parcel A" at all points, a distance of five hundred and 
one and twentj-seven one hundredths (501.27) feet to the so-called 
second old stone monument and the point of beginning. 

Be all of said measurements more or less. 

Said lot contains 60,948 square feet of land more or less. 

Voting, 97; Yes, 71; No, 26. Carried by more than two-thirds vote. 

Voted, that the meeting adjourn until Monday evening, May 11, 
1931, at 8:00 P. M. 

Adjourned at 9 :30 P. M. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



ADJOURNED SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Monday, May 11, 1931 

In accordance with the adjournment of April 27, 1931, the town 
meeting members assembled at the Town Hall and were called to order 
at 8:00 P. M.' by John R. Hurlburt, Moderator, the necessary quorum 
being present. 

X^oted, to dispense with the reading of records of last meeting. 
The Finance Committee report was read by C. Frank Hathaway. 
Voted, Article 2. The motion to accept the report of the Finance 
Committee and to adopt their recommendations was lost. 



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That the town construct on the premises acquired by it on Forest 
avenue, a pubHc high school to accommodate approximately six hun- 
dred (OOO) pupils, with rooms, laboratories, auditorium, gymnasium, 
lunch facilities, mechanical and domestic science departments, plumbing, 
heating, lighting and electrical equipment, grounds, and appurtenances 
necessary, adequate and convenient, and to originally furnish and equip 
the same, and that the sum of $440,000 be appropriated therefor to be 
raised as *^ol!..vvs: $40,000 thereof to be raised from the tax levy of the 
current year, and not exceeding $400,000 thereof be borrowed outside 
the debt limit under the provisions of Chapter 262 of the Acts of 1930: 
and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, be author- 
ized to borrow not exceeding said sum, under said act. and to issue 
notes or bonr'.s of the town therefor, in accordance with law, so that 
the whole loan shall be paid in fifteen years from the date of the first 
bond or note; said bonds or notes to bear on their face the words 
"Swampscott School Loan Act of 1930" and to bear such rates of 
interest as may be fixed by the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen. 

Voting, 75; Yes, 43; No, 32. Lost. Not carried by two-thirds 
vote. 

Voted, Article 3. That this article be laid on the table. 
Voted, Article 4. That this article be laid on the table. 
Voted, to dissolve at 8:13 P. M. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



FOURTH OF JULY COMMITTEE 

May 5, 1931. 

John R. Hurlburt, Moderator, appc^inted on the above date the 
following to act as a committee to conduct the Fourth of July celebra- 
tion: John P. Costi'.i. George J. Place. Walter F. Reeves. 

Attest: ' RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 

May 13. 1931. 

John R. Hurlburt. Moderator, added R. Wyer Greene to the Fourth 
of Jul}^ Committee, on the above date. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT. 

Town Clerk. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Thursday, May 28, 1931 

Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Swampscott in said County, 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are di- 
rected to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott. qualified 
to vote in elections and in town afTairs, to assemble in their respective 
precincts in said Swampscott, on Thursday, the twenty-eighth day of 
May, 1931, at two o'clock in the afternoon (daylight saving time), then 
and there to act on the following, viz: 

To vote yes or no by ballot on the question: 

Shall the Selectmen be authorized to take by eminent domain for 
public school purposes the land on Forest avenue, know^i as "The 
Stanbon, Nye & Hill lot." and shall the sum of $16,000 be appropriated 
therefor to be raised as follows: $6,000 from the tax lev}- of the current 
year and $10,000 by notes or bonds of the town, within the limit of 
indebtedness, to be issued by the Treasurer, with the approval of the 



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Selectmen, so that the whole loan shall be paid in not less than fifteen 
years from the issue of the first bond or note. Said lot of land contains 
approximately 292,238 square feet, is bounded northerly on Forest 
avenue, easterly by land of Whitney, westerly by land now or formerly 
of Blaney, and is shown in two parcels as lots A and B on a map 
drawn by Bradford & Weed, surveyors, on file at the office of the 
Town Clerk. 

The polls will close at 9 P. M. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting an attested 
copy thereof at the Town Hall, Post Offices, at least one public and 
conspicuous place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the imme- 
diate vicinity of each railroad station in the town seven days before the 
day appointed for said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting 
aforesaid. 

Given under our hands this fifteenth day of Alay, A. D. 1931. 

R. WYER GREENE, 
HARRY E. HARDY, 
EDWARD LaCROIX, 

Selectmen of Swampscott. 

A true copy. Attest: 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, Constable. 
Pursuant to the within Warrant to me directed, I have notified the 
legal voters of Swampscott, by posting attested copies of said Warrant 
at the Town Hall, Post Offices, at least one public and conspicuous 
place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the immediate vicinity 
of each railroad station in Swampscott on Tuesday, May 19, 1931, the 
posting of said notices being seven days before the time of said meeting. 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, 

Constable. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Thursday, May 28, 1931 

In accordance with the foregoing Warrant the voters of Swamp- 
scott assembled at their voting places in the several precincts and were 
called to order at 2 o'clock P. M. by the presiding officers. The Warrant 
calling the meeting, with the return thereon, was read by the clerk in 
each precinct. 

The following were appointed precinct officers and qualified for 
same: 

Precinct 1. Warden, Edward H. Jordan; Clerk, John H. Keating; 
Inspectors, Franklin H. Keating, Lewis A. Coleman. 

Precinct 2. Warden, Louis N. Crocker; Clerk, John E. Coville; 
Inspectors, Leon D. Monty, Carl Berry. 

Precinct 3. Warden, Stuart P. Ellis; Clerk, Albert Stone; In- 
spectors, Burton R. Carroll, Harold R. Young. 

Precinct 4. Warden, Daniel F. Knowlton; Clerk, Donald S. Saw- 
yer; Inspectors, James W. Robertson, John B. Cahoon. 

Precinct 5. Warden, Albert Enholm; Clerk, Raymond H. Owen; 
Inspectors, Walter L. Kehoe, Irving A. Curtis. 

Precinct 6. Warden, Herman E. Story; Clerk, Timothy J. Ryan; 
Inspectors, John T. Merchant, George H. Coan. 

Precinct 7. Warden, Charles D. Addison; Clerk, Eustis D. Grimes; 
Inspectors, Charles M. Cahoon, Bernard J. Nevins. 

Precinct 8. Warden, Charles A. Flagg; Clerk, Mary Donlan; In- 
spectors, Cyril J. Gannon, Louise A. Flagg. 

The polls were declared open at 2 o'clock P. M. The ballot boxes 
registered correctly and the checks on the voting lists were the same as 
the vote cast. Polls closed at 9 P. M. 



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There were cast in Precinct 1, 132: Precinct 2, 150: Precinct 3, 147; 
Precinct 4, 157; Precinct 5. 219: Precinct 6, 184; Precinct 7, 280; Pre- 
cinct 8, 199. Total vote cast, 1.468. Result of the balloting was de- 
clared at 9:22 P. M. 

Question: Shall the Selectmen be authorized to take by eminent 
domain for public school purposes the land on Forest avenue known as 
■"The Stanbon, Xj-e & Hill lot," and shall the sum of $16,000 be appro- 
priated therefor to be raised as follows: $6,000 from the tax levy of the 
current year and $10,000 by notes or bonds of the town, within the limit 
of indebtedness, to be issued b}* the Treasurer with the approval of the 
Selectmen, so that the whole loan shall be paid in not less than fifteen 
years from the issue of the first bond or note. Said lot of land contains 
approximately 292.238 square feet, is bounded northerly on Forest 
avenue, easterly by land of Whitney, westerly by land now or formerly 
of Blane}-, and is shown in two parcels as lots A and B on a map 
drawn by Bradford & Weed, surveyors, on file at the ofTice of the 
Town Cierk. 

Precincts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Tot. 

Yes 46 33 20 57 138 42 121 97 554 

Xo 86 117 127 100 81 141 159 102 913 

Blanks 1 1 

Dissolved 9:25 P. M. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



RESIGNATION FROM BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

Notice received on the above date of the resignation of Florence 
E. Preston from the Board of Public Welfare, the same to take effect 
at once. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



HULBERT C. GRIFFIN TO FILL VACANCY 

July 23, 1931. 

Xotice received on the above date that at a joint meeting of the 
Board of Selectmen and Board of Public Welfare held this above date. 
Hulbert C. Griffin, 62 Roy street, was elected a member of the Board 
of Public Welfare to fill the vacancy caused b}- the resignation of 
Florence E. Preston, until the annual town meeting in February. 1932. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT. 

Town Clerk. 



ZONING BY-LAW APPROVED 

August 14. 193 1._ 
X'otice received on the above date that the zoning by-law. Article 51 
of the Warrant, for the annual town meeting, was accepted and adopted 
at the adjourned annual town meeting, held April 14, 1931. Said by-law 
was approved by the Attorney General. 

To amend the zoning by-laws by changing from general residence 
district to single residence district the area included in the following 
streets and the land contiguous thereto or in the vicinity thereof, so 
that said area shall then be subject to the provisions of Article III of 
said zoning by-law except that a set back distance of ten feet will be 
allowable, namely: Easterly side of Walker road from Boston & Maine 
track to Mountwood road and Mountwood. 

Boston, Mass., August 12, 1931. 
The foregoincr bv-laws are hercbv approved. 

' CHARLES F. LOVEJOY. 

Acting Attorney General. 



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WARRANT SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Wednesday, November 4, 1931 

Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the town of Swampscott, in said Countv, 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are 
directed to notify the inhabitants of the town of Swampscott, qualified 
to vote in elections and in town affairs, to assemble in the Town Hall 
in said Swampscott, on Wednesday, the fourth day of November, 1931, 
at 8 P. M., and there to act on the following article, viz.: 

To see if the town will vote to amend the zoning map so that all 
the property on the southerh- side of Humphrey street between Kings 
and Blaney Beaches, so-called, shall be indicated' thereon in solid black, 
as petitioned for by John Albree and two hundred others. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting attested 
copies thereof at the Town Hall, Post Offices and three other public 
and conspicuous places in the town, seven days before the day appointed 
for said meetings. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this W^arrant, with your 
doings thereon, to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting 
aforesaid. 

Given under my hand this twentieth day of October, A. D., 1931. 

(Signed) NATHAN D. A. CLARKE, 

Justice of the Peace. 
My commission expires 
March 9, 1934. 

A true copv. Attest: 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, 

Constable. 



RETURN ON THE WARRANT 

Pursuant to the within Warrant to me directed, I have notified the 
legal voters, of Swampscott, by posting attested copies of said Warrant 
at the Town Hall, Post Offices at least one public and conspicuous 
place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the immediate vicinity 
of each .railroad station in Swampscott, on Tuesday, October 27, 1931, 
the posting of said notices being seven days before the time of said 
meeting. 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, 

Constable. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Wednesday, November 4, 1931 

In accordance with the W^arrant the town meeting members as- 
sembled at the Towm Hall, and were called to order by John R. Hurl- 
burt, Moderator, the necessary quorum being present, 106 members 
being present. 

Under Article 1 of the Warrant the Aloderator declared a hearing, 
this being an article to amend the Zoning By-Laws. Mr. John Albree 
speaking for the amendment, and Mr. Dooley, representing the Godfrey 
Estate, against the amendment, after which the hearing was declared 
closed. 

The Town Clerk then read the Warrant with the return thereon. 
Under Article 1, Mr. George M. Glidden, Chairman of the Planning 
Board read their report, viz.: 

PLANNING BOARD REPORT 

The Planning Board has considered the suggested amendment to 
the zoning map and has carefully studied the situation as it exists. 



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In the opinion of the Board, the needs of the town do not call for 
further enlargement of the business district. The proposed change 
would not add to the public health or otherwise, nor would it add to 
the natural development of the town as a whole. 

The Planning Board recommends, therefore, that action on this 
article be indefinitely postponed. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEN, Chairman, 
RALPH J. CURTIS, 
JOHN R HURLBURT, 
HENRY S. BALDWIN, 
HERBERT E. INGALLS. 
It was moved and seconded that the report of the Planning Board 
be accepted and their recommendations be adopted. Mr. Ross made 
the following amendment to their recommendation as follows: 

That the zoning map of the town of Swampscott, be amended so 
that all the property on the southerly side of Humphrey street between 
King's and Blaney Beaches, so-called, shall be indicated thereon in 
solid black as petitioned for by John Albree and two hundred others. 
The amendment was lost. 

A motion for roll call on this amendment was lost. 
Voted, Article I. To accept the report of the Planning Board, 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 
Voted, to dissolve at 9:15 P. M. 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



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Town Clerk's Statistics 



Births Recorded— 245 

Males, 125; Females, 120. 

In January, 16; February, 23; March, 15; April, 12; May, 26; 
June, 26; July, 16; August, 19; September, 26; October, 23; November, 
22; December, 21. 

Marriages Recorded — 110 

In January, 5; February, 7; March, 3; April, 12; May, 6; June, 20; 
July, 5; August, 8; September, 15; October, 20; November, 5; Decem- 
ber, 4. 

Deaths Recorded— 134 

Males, 59; Females, 75. 

In January, 14; February, 6; March, 14; April, 14; May, 13; June, 
12; July, 10; August, 5; September, 15; October, 10; November, 11; 
December, 10. 

Dogs Licensed 

Males, 483; Females, 63. 
Breeder's License, 1. 

Money paid to County Treasurer: 

Resident citizen's sporting license 145 @ $2.75 

Alien sporting license 1 @ 15.25 

Duplicate license 1 @ .50 

Resident citizen's lobster license 19 @ 5.00 

Money paid to Commissioner of Fisheries and Game: 

5 Auctioneer licenses @ $2.00 $10.00 

1 Bowling alley ^ 2.00 

4 Pool tables 4.00 

3 Junk licenses @ 50.00 150.00 

Paid Town Treasurer $166.00 

Attest: RALPH D. MERRITT, 

Town Clerk. 



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[Dec. 31 



THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

DIVISION OF ACCOUNTS 

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 

March 25, 1931 

To the Board of Selectmen, R. Wyer Greene, Chairman, Swampscott, 
Massachusetts. 

Gentlemen: I submit herewith my report of an audit of the ac- 
counts of the town of Swampscott for the period from Jul}' 1 to Decem- 
ber 31, 1930, made in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 of 
the General Laws. This report is in the form of a report made to me 
by Edward H. Fenton, Chief Accountant of this Division. 

Very truly yours, 

THEODORE N. WADDELL, 

Director of Accounts. 

Theodore N. Waddell, Director of Accounts, Department of Corpora- 
tions and Taxation, State House, Boston. 

Sir: — As directed by you, I have made an audit of the books and 
accounts of the town of Swampscott for the period from July 1 to 
December 31, 1930, and submit the following report thereon. 

The books and accounts in the town accountant's office were ex- 
amined and checked. The recorded receipts were checked with the 
financial records of the several departments collecting money for the 
town and with the treasurer's books. 

The recorded payments were checked with the selectmen's warrants 
authorizing payments and with the treasurer's cash book. 

An analysis of the ledger was made, a trial balance was taken off, 
proving the accounts to be in balance, and a balance sheet, which is 
appended to this report, was prepared showing the financial condition 
of the town as of December 31, 1930. 

The payment of debt and interest were verified by a comparison 
with the cancelled bonds, notes, and coupons on file. 

The books and accounts of th^ town treasurer were examined and 
checked. The footings of the cash book were proved, the reported 
receipts were compared with the accountant's ledger and with the 
records of the department making payments to the treasurer, while the 
payments were compared with the selectmen's warrants authorizing 
the disbursement of town funds. 

The cash balance was verified as of January 31, 1931, and the 
bank balances were reconciled with the bank statements. 

The securities and savings bank books representing the investments 
of the trust and investment funds were personally examined and checked 
in detail. 

The accounts of the town collector were examined and checked. 
The commitments of taxes, of special assessments and of departmental 
accoiints receivable were verified, the recorded collections were com- 
pared with the payments to the treasurer, the abatements, as recorded, 
were checked with the records of the departments authorized to grant 
such abatements, and the outstanding accounts were listed and proved 
with the accountant's ledger accounts. 

A further verification of the outstanding accounts was made by 
mailing notices to a number of persons whose names appeared on the 
books as owing money to the town, the replies received thereto indicat- 
ing that the outstanding accounts, as listed, are correct. 



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The commitments of water charges were verified, the abatements 
were checked to the water department records, the payments to the 
treasurer were checked to the treasurer's books, and the outstanding 
water accounts were listed and reconciled with the accountant's ledger. 

The deeds representing the tax titles taken by the town were ex- 
amined, listed, and proved to the ledger accounts. 

It is recommended that action be taken by the town treasurer 
toward foreclosure of all rights of redemption of tax titles held by the 
town, as required bv Section 50, Chapter 60, General Laws, as amended 
by Section 2, Chapter 126, Acts of 1927. 

Any land of low value may be disposed of by complying with Sec- 
tions 79 and 80, Chapter 60, General Laws, as amended. 

The town clerk's records of dog and sporting licenses issued were 
examined, and the payments to the county and the State, respectively, 
were verified with the receipts on file. 

The records of receipts from the sealer of weights and measures, 
rent of town hall, from licenses issued by the selectmen, and from the 
health, school, library, and park departments were examined. 

The reported payments to the treasurer were checked t© the treas- 
urer's and the accountant's books. 

In addition to the balance sheet, there are appended to this report 
tables showing a reconciliation of the treasurer's cash and summaries 
of the tax, assessment, and water accounts receivable, together with 
tables showing the transactions of the trust and investment funds. 

While engaged in making the audit, I received the co-operation of 
the various department officials, for which on behalf of my assistants 
and for myself, I wish to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDW. H. FEXTOX, 
Chief Accountant. 



RECONCILIATION OF TREASURER'S CASH 



Balance Julv 1, 1930 $75,516.19 
Receipts July 1 to December 31, 1930 974,690.17 



Payments Julv 1 to December 31, 1930 $924,299.25 
Balance December 31, 1930 125,907.11 



Balance Januarv 1. 1931 $125,907.11 
Receipts January 1 to 31, 1931 22,795.86 



Payments January 1 to 31, 1931 $59,313.70 

Balance January 1, 1931: 

Security Trust Company $11,627.02 

Manufacturers' National Bank 25,012.22 

Sagamore Trust Companv 24,874.39 

Central National Bank 24,372.91 

Cash in office (verified) 3,502.73 



$1,050,206.36 
$ 1.050.206.36 

$148,702.97 



89,389.27 



$148,702.97 



Security Trust Company of Lynn 

Balance January 31, 1931,. per statement $13,527.12 
Balance Januarv 31. 1931, per check register $11,627.02 
Outstanding checks Januarv 31, 1931, per list 1,900.10 

$13,527.12 



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Manufacturers' National Bank of Lynn 

Balance January 31, 1931, per statement $25,012.22 

Balance January 31, 1931, per check register $25,012.22 

Sagamore Trust Company of Lynn 

Balance January 31, 1931, per statement $26,595.33 
Balance January 31, 1931, per check register $24,874.39 
Outstanding checks January 31, 1931, per list 1,720.94 

$26,595.33 



Central National Bank of Lynn 

Balance January 31, 1931, per statement $24,387.91 
Balance January 31, 1931, per check register $24,372.91 
Outstanding checks January 31, 1931, per list 15.00 

$24,387.91 



RECONCILIATION OF TOWN COLLECTOR'S CASH 

Cash balances January 24, 1931: 

Taxes 1930 $38.60 
Motor vehicle excise taxes 1930 35.13 
Moth assessments 1930 1.00 
Interest taxes 1930 .72 

Interest, motor vehicle excise tax 1930 .36 
Water rates 1930 ^ 34.10 

Water rates 1931 764.58 
Constable's fees 13.75 
Cash advance 10.00 
Cash over 53.77 



Cash balance January 24, 1931: 

Sagamore Trust Company of Lynn $918.62 
Cash in office (verified) 33.39 



$952.01 
$952.01 



Taxes— 1928 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $1,366.93 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 

31, 1930 ' $1,106.17 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 236.96 
Tax titles taken b^^ town 23.80 

$1,366.93 



Taxes— 1929 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $33,227.20 

Abatement after payment, refunded 1.80 

Moth 1929 reported as taxes 1.75 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $27,547.18 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 21.80 

Added to tax titles July 1 to December 31, 1930 2,092.60 

Outstanding December 31, 1930 3,569.17 



$33,230.75 



$33,230.75 



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Outstanding January 1, 1931 $3,569.17 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $175.60 
Abatements January 1 to 24, 1931 26.08 
Outstanding January 24, 1931, per list 3,367.49 

$3,569.17 



Taxes— 1930 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $5,790.00 

Commitment per warrant (property taxes) 558,063.69 

Additional commitment 486.75 

Abatement after payment (refunded) 36.00 

Moth 1930 reported as taxes 1.00 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $457,942.60 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 1,345.40 

Outstanding December 31, 1930 105,089.44 



$564,377.44 



$564,377.44 



Outstanding January 1, 1931 $105,089.44 

Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $11,655.73 

Abatements January 1 to 24, 1931 26.20 

Outstanding January 24, 1931, per list 93,368.91 

Cash on hand January 24, 1931 38.60 



$105,089.44 



Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes — 1929 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $1,824.78 
Payments to treasurer Julv 1 to December 31, 

1930 ' $300.54 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 1.00 
Motor yehicle excise taxes 1929 reported as 

motor yehicle excise taxes 1930 .04 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 1,523.20 

$1,824.78 



Outstanding January 1, 1931 $1,523.20 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $28.76 
Outstanding January 24, 1931, per list 1,494.44 

■ $1,523.20 



Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes — 1930 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $10,656.66 
Commitment per warrants July 1 to December 

31, 1930 15,565.97 

Abatement after payment (refunded) 1,004.61 

Adjustment of abatements 7.42 
Motor yehicle excise taxes 1929 reported as 

motor yehicle excise taxes 1930 .04 



Payments to treasurer Jul}'- 1 to December 31, 

1930 $23,158.37 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 2,166.85 

Adjustment of abatement 1.03 

Outstanding December 31, 1930 1,908.45 



Outstanding January 1, 1931 $1,908.45 
Abatements after pajmient refunded 34.25 
Abatements after payment, to be refunded 17.47 



$27,234.70 



$27,234.70 



$1,960.17 



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Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $592.26 

Abatements January 1 to 24. 1931 92.21 

Outstanding January 24. 1931. per list 1,240.57 

Cash on hand January 24, 1931 35.13 



Moth Assessments — 1929 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $163.00 
Abatement after payment (refunded) .50 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 ' $141.00 

Abatements July 1 to December 31. 1930 .50 

Added to tax titles July 1 to December 31, 1930 7.00 

Moth 1929 reported as taxes 1929 1.75 

Outstanding December 31, 1930 13.25 



Unapportioned Sewer Assessments 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $2,342.48 
Commitment July 1 to December 31, 1930 39.663.97 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $2,827.81 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 173.75 

Added to taxes July 1 to December 31, 1930 2.342.48 

Outstanding December 31, 1930 36,662.41 



SI. 960. 17 



Moth Assessments — 1928 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $6.25 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 ' $4.25 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 2.00 

$6.25 



$163.50 



$163.50 



Outstanding January 1, 1931 $13.25 
Pa\'ments to treasurer January 1 to 24. 1931 $2.00 
Outstanding January 24, 1931", per list 11.25 



$13.2: 



Moth Assessments — 1930 

Commitment per \yarrant $2,640.50 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $2,250.75 
Moth 1930 reported as taxes 1930 1.00 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 388.75 



$2,640.50 



Outstanding January 1, 1931 $3^ 

Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $43.50 
Outstanding January 24. 1931. per list 344.25 
Cash on hand January 24. 1931 1.00 



$42,006.45 



$42,006.45 



Outstanding January 1. 1931 ^ _ $36,662.41 

Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24. 1931 $3,490.47 
-Apportionments January 1 to 24, 1931 2.396.48 

Outstanding January 24', 1931, per list 30,775.46 



$36,662.41 



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Sewer Assessments — 1929 
Outstanding July 1, 1930 $206.15 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $198.74 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 and January 
24, 1931, per list 7.41 

$206.15 



Sewer Assessments — 1930 

$2,717.08 

$1,147.81 
124.63 
1,444.64 
$2,717.08 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 . $1,444.64 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $603.18 
Outstanding January 24, 1931, per list 841.46 

$1,444.64 



Commitment per warrant 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 
1930 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 



Unapportioned Sidewalk Assessments 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $896.60 
Commitments July 1 to December 31, 1930 3,602.18 
Oyerpayment refunded 12.50 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $602.39 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 12.50 

Added to taxes 1930 896.60 

Apportionments July 1 to December 31, 1930 848.90 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 and January 

24, 1931, per list 2,150.89 



$4,511.28 



$4,511.28 



Sidewalk Assessments — 1928 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $36.20 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 ' $36.20 

Sidewalk Assessments — 1929 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $207.05 
Pa3-ments to treasurer July 1 to December 31» 

1930 $207.05 

Sidewalk Assessments — 1930 
Commitment per warrant $1,661.29 

Additional commitment 36.54 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $1,097.69 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 600.14 



$1,697.83 



$1,697.83 



Outstanding January 1, 1931 600.14 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $23.69 
Outstanding January 24, 1931, per list 576.45 



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[Dec. 31 



Interest on Taxes 

Interest collections July 1 to December 31, 1930: 

Levy of 1928 $97.43 

Levy of 1929 1,268.52 

Levy of 1930 209.76 

Motor vehicle excise tax 1929 6.83 

Motor vehicle excise tax 1930 74.64 

$1,657.18 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $1,657.18 

Interest collections January 1 to 24, 1931: 

Levy of 1929 $14.55 
Levy of 1930 158.45 
Motor vehicle excise taxes 1929 .38 
Motor vehicle excise taxes 1930 6.88 

$180.26 
$180.26 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $179.18 
Cash on hand January 24, 1931 1.08 



Tax Titles 

On hand July 1, 1930 $2,320.02 
Transferred from taxes and assessments: 

Levy of 1928 $23.80 
Levy of 1929: 

Taxes $2,092.60 
Moth 7.00 
Interest and costs 385.09 

2,484.69 

2,508.49 



Tax titles redeemed July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $1,926.13 

Adjustment 7.50 

Outstanding December 31, 1930, per list 2,894.88 



Commitment July 1 to December 31, 1930: 

Health $1,042.84 
Public welfare 3,426.79 
State aid 516.00 
Military aid 85.00 
Cemetery 329.50 

• 5,400.13 

Adjustment .02 



$4,828.51 



$4,828.51 



Tax Title Possessions 

On hand July 1, 1930 $255.35 
On hand December 31, 1930 $255.35 

Departmental Accounts Receivable 

Outstanding July 1, 1930: 

Health $141.30 

Highways 37.50 

Public welfare 756.99 

State aid 444.00 

Military aid 120.00 

School 37.50 

Cemetery 81.00 

- $1,618.29 



$7,018.44 



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Payments to treasurer January 1 to December 31, 1930: 
Health $45.97 
Public welfare 738.03 
State aid 444.00 
Military aid 120.00 
Cemetery 230.50 



$1,578.50 

Abatements January 1 to December 31, 1930: 

Cemetery 5.00 
Outstanding December 31, 1930, per list: 

Health $1,138.17 
Highways 37.50 
Public welfare 3,445.77 
State aid 516.00 
Military aid 85.00 
Schools 37.50 
Cemetery 175.00 



5,434.94 



Water Rates— 1929 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $3,402.23 
Oyerpayments to collector, to be refunded 1.01 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 ' $2,820.98 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 129.97 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 and January 

24, 1931, per list ' 452.29 



Water Rates— 1930 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $10,053.53 
Commitment July 1 to December 31, 1930 24,297.59 



$7,018.44 



Water Rates— 1927 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $3.48 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 1930 $3.48 

Water Rates— 1928 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $123.20 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $89.68 
Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 18.59 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 and January 

24, 1931, per list 14.93 



$123.20 



$3,403.24 



$3,403.24 



$34,351.12 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $24,201.92 
Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 10.00 
Detailed list in excess of commitment 4.64 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 10,134.56 

$34,351.12 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $10,134.56 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $843.64 
Unlocated dif¥erence 4.72 
Outstanding January 24, 1931, per list 9,252.10 
Cash on hand January 24, 1931 (yerified) 34.10 

$10,134.56 



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Water Services Prior to 1929 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $176.49 
Payments to treasurer Tulv 1 to December 31, 

1930 " ' 43.41 

Abatements July 1 to December 31, 1930 48.81 
Outstanding December 31, 1930 and Tanuarv 
24, 1931, per list: 

Services 1927 $.20 
Services 1928 84.07 



84. 



Water Services — 1930 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $877.13 
Commitments July 1 to December 31, 1930 6,842.99 



Payments to treasurer Julv 1 to December 31. 

1930 " $5,100.42 

Outstanding December 31, 1930 2,619.70 



Water Interest 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $294.85 
Commitment July 1 to December 31, 1930 187.71 



Payments to treasurer Tulv 1 to December 31, 

1930 ' " $120.31 

Outstanding December 31, 1930 362.25 



Outstanding January 1. 1931 $362.25 
Commitment Tanuarv 1 to 24. 1931 10.48 



Payments to treasurer Januar\^ 1 to 24, 1931 $37.82 
Outstanding January 24, 1931, per list 334.91 



$176.49 



Water Services — 1929 

Outstanding July 1, 1930 $250.68 
Payments to treasurer Julv 1 to December 31, 

1930 ' $154.36 

Abatements Tuly 1 to December 31, 1930 32.15 
Outstanding December 31. 1930 64.17 

$250.68 



Outstanding January 1, 1931 $64.17 
Paj-ments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $1.75 
Outstanding January 24. 1931, per list 62.42 



Sv64.1 



$7,720.12 



$7.720.1. 



Outstanding January 1, 1931 $2,619.70 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $1,048.24 
Outstanding January 24, 1931. per list 1,571.46 

S2.619.70 



$482.56 



$482.56 



$372.73 
S372.73 



Water Rents 

Commitment July 1 to December 31. 1930 $280.00 

Payments to treasurer Tulv 1 to December 31, 

1930 $240.00 

Collections January 1 to June 30, 1930, in ad- 
vance of commitment 40.00 

$280.00 



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Commitment January 1 to 24, 1931 $40.00 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to 24, 1931 $40.00 

Selectmen's Licenses and Miscellaneous Receipts 

Cash on hand July 1, 1930 $27.00 
Issued July 1 to December 31, 1930 117.00 



$144.00 

Payments to treasurer Jul}^ 1 to December 31, 

1930 $144.00 

Issued January 1 to February 27, 1931 $93.00 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to February 

27, 1931 $88.00 

Cash on hand February 27, 1931 5.00 



Dog Licenses 

Cash on hand July 16, 1930 $11.00 
Licenses issued July 16 to December 31, 1930: 

87 Males @ $2.00 $174.00 

14 Females @ 5.00 70.00 



244.00 



Payments to county treasurer July 16 to Decem- 
ber 31, 1930 ' $217.20 
Fees retained by town clerk, 99 @ .20 19.80 
Cash on hand December 31, 1930 18.00 



Payments to Diyision of Fisheries and Game $169.55 
Fees retained by town clerk 18.20 



Licenses issued January 1 to 24, 1931: 

43 Resident citizens' sporting, @ $2.75 $118.25 
1 Alien sporting, @ $15.25 15.25 



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Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $97.00 
Cash on hand December 31, 1930 5.00 



$93.00 



$255.00 



$255.00 



Cash on hand January 1, 1931 $18.00 
Licenses issued January 1 to 24, 1931 4.00 

$22.00 

Cash on hand January 24, 1931 $22.00 

Sporting Licenses 

Licenses issued Jul}- 1 to December 31, 1930: 

69 Resident citizens' sporting, @ $2.25 $155.25 
1 Resident citizens' trapping, @ $2.25 2.25 
1 Alien sporting, @ $15.25 ^ 15.25 

3 Resident citizen lobstermen's, (a: $5.00 15.00 

$187.75 
$187.75 



$133.50 

Cash on hand January 24, 1931 $133.50 

Town Hall Rentals 

Cash on hand July 1, 1930 $34.00 
Rentals July 1 to December 31, 1930 68.00 



$102.00 
$102.00 



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Outstanding January 1, 1931 $5.00 
Rentals January 1 to February 28, 1931 61.00 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to February 

28. 1931 ' $35.00 

Outstanding February 28, 1931, per list 31.00 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Cash on hand July 1, 1930 $10.00 
Charges July 1 to December 31, 1930 14.24 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $21.04 

Oyerpayment to treasurer January 1 to June 

30. 1930 " 1.08 

Cash on hand December 31, 1930 2.12 



Health Department 

Receipts July 1 to December 31, 1930: 

Licenses $64.00 
Sale of ribbons .40 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 ■ $226.50 

Outstanding December 31, 1930 203.10 

Cash on hand December 31, 1930 16.20 



$66.00 



$66.00 



S24.24 



$24.24 



Cash on hand January 1, 1931 $2.12 
Charges January 1 to February 27, 1931 7.87 

S9.99 

Cash on hand February 27, 1931 $9.99 

Building Inspector 

Cash on hand July 1, 1930 $9.00 
Permits and licenses issued July 1 to December 
31, 1930: 

Building $96.00 
Eleyator 7.00 

103.00 



$112.00 

Payments to treasurer Tuly 1 to December 31. 

1930 ' " $112.00 

Permits issued January 1 to February 27, 1931 $11.00 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to February 

27. 1931 ' ' $10.00 

Cash on hand February 27, 1930 1.00 

$11.00 



$64.40 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31. 

1930 " $64.40 

Receipts January 1 to February 27, 1931: 

Licenses $7.00 

Cash on hand February 27, 1931 $7.00 

Park Department — Fish House Receipts 

Cash on hand July 1. 1930 $7.40 
Outstanding July 1, 1930 265.30 
Charges July 1 to December 31, 1930 173.10 

$445.80 



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Cash on hand January 1, 1931 $16.20 
Outstanding January 1, 1931 203.10 
Overpayments to treasurer .20 



Pavments to treasurer January 1 to Februarv 

9, 1931 $49.00 
Outstanding February 9, 1931, per list 170 50 



$219.50 



$219.50 



Library 

Cash on hand July 1, 1930 $42.61 

Receipts July 1 to December 31, 1930: 

Fines $207.22 

Sale of paper, etc., 3.60 

210.82 

Advance by librarian (to be refunded) 5.00 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $223.03 
Loss through burglary 35.40 



$258.43 



$258.43 



Receipts January 1 to February 27, 1931 $86.32 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to February 

27, 1931 $65.00 
Cash on hand February 27, 1931 21.32 



$86.32 



Cemetery Sale of Lots and Perpetual Care Bequests 

Receipts Julv 1 to December 31, 1930: 

Sale of lots $2,881.00 
Perpetual care bequests 307.50 

$3,188.50 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to December 31, 

1930 $3.188.50 

Receipts January 1 to February 28, 1931: 

Sale of lots $125.00 
Pavments to treasurer January 1 to February 
28, 1931 $125.00 

ELLEN R. WHITTLE LIBRARY FUND 





Savings 
Deposits 


Total 


On hand at beginning of year 1930 
On hand at end of year 1930 


$2,000.00 
$2,000.00 


$2,000.00 
$2,000.00 


Receipts 


Payments 




Income $101.25 


Transferred to town 


$101.25 


MARY L. THOMSON LIBRARY FUND 




Savings 
Deposits 


Total 


On hand at beginning of year 1930 
On hand at end of year 1930 


$1,000.00 
$1,000.00 


$1,000.00 
$1,000.00 


Receipts 


Payments 




Income $50.63 


Transferred to town 


$50.63 



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JOANNA MORSE LIBRARY FUND 





Savings 
Deposits 


Total 


On hand at beginning of year 1930 
On hand at end of year 1930 


S5.196.00 
S5. 196.00 


$5,196.00 
$5,196.00 


Receipts 


Payments 




Income $263.03 


Transferred to town 


$263.03 


PHILLIPS SCHOOL MEDAL FUND 




Savings 
Deposits 


Total 


On hand at beginning of year 1930 
On hand at end of year 1930 


S2.366.37 
S2.445.84 


$2,366.37 
$2,445.84 


Receipts 


Payments 




Income SI 19.76 


Added to savings de- 
posits 
Transferred to town 


$79.47 
40.29 


$119.76 




S119.76 



MUNICIPAL INSURANCE FUND 





Savings 
Deposits 


Total 


On hand at beginning of year 1930 
On hand at end of year 1930 


S3.109.01 
S6.436.90 


$3,109.01 
$6,436.90 


Receipts 


Payments 




Transferred from town S3. 153. 15 
Income 196.79 


Deposited in savings 
bank 

Transferred to town 


S3.327.89 
22.05 


S3.349.94 




S3.349.Q4 



CEMETERY INVESTMENT FUND 





Savings 
Deposits 


Total 


On hand at beginning of year 1930 
On hand at end of year 1930 


517,771.95 
$23,310.89 


$17,771.95 
$23,310.89 


Receipts 


Payments 




Bequests $375.00 
Sale of lots 7.887.50 
Income 776.44 


Deposited in savings 
bank 

Transferred to town 
for cemetery 


$5,538.94 
3.500.00 


S9.U38.94 




$9,038.94 



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THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

DIVISION OF ACCOUNTS 

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON. 

\ August 11, 1931. 

To the Board of Selectmen, Mr. R. Wyer Greene, Chairman, Swamp- 
scott, Massachusetts. 

Gentlemen: — I submit herewith my report of an audit of the ac- 
counts of the town of Swampscott for the period from January 1 to 
June 30, 1931, made in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 
of the General Laws. This report is in the form of a report made to 
me by Air. Edward H. Fenton, Chief Accountant of this Division. 

Very truly yours, 

THEODORE N. WADDELL, 

Director of Accounts. 
Mr. Theodore N. Waddell, Director of Accounts, Department of Cor- 
porations and Taxation, State House, Boston. 

Sir: — In accordance with your instructions, I have made an audit 
of the books and accounts of the town of Swampscott for the period 
from January 1 to June 30, 1931, and report thereon as follows: 

The financial transactions of the town, as recorded on the books 
of the several departments receiving or expending money for the town 
or committing bills for collection, were examined and verified by a 
comparison with the books and records in the ofifices of the treasurer 
and the town accountant. 

The books and accounts of the town accountant were examined and 
checked, the reported receipts being compared with the financial records 
of the various departments collecting money for the town and with the 
treasurer's books. The payments recorded on the accountant's ledger 
were checked to the warrants of the selectmen authorizing disburse- 
ments and with the treasurer's cash book. 

An analysis of the ledger was made, a trial balance was taken off, 
proving the accounts to be in balance, and a balance sheet which is 
appended to this report, was prepared showing the financial condition 
of the town as of June 30, 1931. 

The appropriations and transfers voted by the town, as recorded 
in the town clerk's records, were checked with the accountant's ledger 
accounts. 

The books and accounts of the town treasurer were examined and 
checked. The receipts, as recorded in the cash book, were checked with 
the records in the several departments collecting money for the town 
and with the other sources from which money was paid into the town 
treasury. The recorded pajmients were checked with the selectmen's 
warrants authorizing the treasurer to disburse town funds and with 
the accountant's books. 

The cash balance on July 9, 1931, was verified by a reconciliation 
of statements furnished by the banks of deposit and by an actual count 
of cash in the office. 

In examining the bills and vouchers on file it was noted that the 
appropriation for district nurse was turned over in a lump sum to the 
local district nursing association. This appropriation should be dis- 
bursed directly by the town treasurer, as provided for in Section 35, 
Chapter 41, General Laws, based on properly itemized bills for services 
rendered and expenses incurred. 



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The town collector's books and accounts were examined and 
checked in detail. The commitments of taxes and assessments were 
verified and compared with the assessors' warrants for their collection. 
The recorded abatements were checked with the assessors" records of 
abatements granted, and the recorded collections were checked with the 
payments to the treasurer as recorded in the treasurer's and accountant's 
books. The taxes transferred to tax titles were checked with the records 
of tax titles held by the town. The outstanding accounts were listed 
and reconciled with the controlling accounts in the accountant's ledger. 

A further verification of the outstanding accounts w-as made by 
mailing notices to a number of persons whose names appeared on the 
books as owing money to the town, the replies received thereto in- 
dicating that the outstanding accounts, as listed, are correct. 

The attention of the town treasurer is again called to the require- 
ment of foreclosing on tax titles held by the town after a period of 
two years, as provided for in Section 50, Chapter 60, General Laws. 

The commitments of water accounts were examined and checked. 
The recorded abatements were checked to the water department records, 
the pa3-ments to the treasurer were checked to the treasurer's and the 
accountant's books, and the outstanding accounts were listed and recon- 
ciled with the accountant's controlling accounts. 

The records of dog and of sporting licenses issued by the town 
clerk were examined, and the recorded pa^'ments to the county and the 
State, respectively, were verified with the receipts on file. 

The surety bonds on file for the various town officials required b\' 
law to furnish such security were examined and found to be in proper 
form. 

The records of the sealer of weights and measures, of town hall 
rentals, of the library, park, and cemetery departments, and of licenses 
and permits issued by the selectmen, building inspector and the health 
departments, as well as the accounts of the highway, health, and the 
public welfare departments, were examined. The recorded payments 
to the treasurer were checked to the treasurer's books and the out- 
standing accounts were listed and checked to the accountant's ledger. 

Appended to this report, in addition to the balance sheet, are tables 
showing a reconciliation of the treasurer's and of the collector's cash 
and summaries of the tax, assessment, water, and departmental accounts 
receivable. 

For the co-operation received from the various department officials 
while engaged in making the audit, I wish, on behalf of my assistants 
and for myself, to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDW. H. FEXTOX. 

Chief Accountant. 



RECONCILIATION OF TOWN TREASURER'S CASH 

$453,62L69 
$453,621.69 



Balance January 1, 1931 $125,907.11 

Receipts January 1 to June 30, 1931 327.714.58 

Pavments Tanuarv 1 to June 30. 1931 $396,810.22 

Balance Tune 30. 1931 56,811.47 



Balance July 1. 1931 $56,811.47 
Receipts Ju'lv 1 to 9. 1931, per cash 

book ' $6,459.84 
Xot previously entered: 

Interest on deposits 26.68 

6,486.52 



$63,297.99 



1931] 



DIVISION OF ACCOUNTS 



81 



Payments Julv 1 to 9, 1931 $11,596.81 
Balance Julv 9, 1931: 

Cash in office (verified) $6,094.29 
Manufacturers' National Bank 

of Lynn 9,759.13 
Sagamore Trust Company of 

Lynn 10,119.96 
Security Trust Company of 

Lynn 9,380,46 
Central National Bank of 

Lynn 16,347.34 



51,701.18 



$63,297.99 



Manufacturers' National Bank of Lynn 

Balance July 9, 1931, per statement $9,948.43 
Balance Julv 9, 1931. per check book $9,759.13 
Outstanding checks Tulv 9. 1931. per list 189.30 



$9.948.43 



Sagamore Trust Company of Lynn 

Balance Julv 9, 1931, per statement $10,128.06 
Balance July 9, 1931, per check book $10,119.96 
Outstanding checks July 9, 1931, per list 8.10 



$10,128.06 



Security Trust Company of Lynn 

Balance Julv 9, 1931, per statement $9,811.41 
Balance July 9, 1931, per check book $9,380.46 
Outstanding checks Julv 9, 1931, per list 430.95 

$9,811.41 



Central National Bank of Lynn 

Balance July 9, 1931, per statement $16,482.34 
Balance July 9, 1931, per check book $16,347.34 
Outstanding checks July 9, 1931, per list 135.00 



$16,482.34 



RECONCILIATION OF TOWN COLLECTOR'S CASH 

Cash balances Juh* 3, 1931, per tables: 



Taxes 1929 


$27.00 


Taxes 1930 


1,837.94 


Taxes (polls) 1931 


170.00 


Old age assistance taxes 1931 


83.00 


Motor vehicle excise taxes 1931 


154.56 


Moth assessments 1930 


12.25 


Sidewalk assessments 1930 


43.58 


Interest on deferred taxes and 




assessments 


61.98 


Water rates 1931 


99.33 


Water services 1931 


183.34 


Water interest 


1.75 


Building permits 


3.00 


Constable fees 


7.00 



$2,684.73 

Cash over 72.10 

$2,756.83 



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[Dec. 31 



Cash on hand July 3, 1931: 
Sagamore Trust Company 

per statement 
Cash in office (verified) 
Cash memorandum 



of Lynn, 

$1,899.48 
854.35 
3.00 

$2,756.83 



Taxes— 1929 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $3,569.17 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $1,423.30 
Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 26.08 
Transferred to tax titles January 1 to June 30, 

1931 411.00 
Outstanding June 30, 1931 1,708.79 



$3.569.17 

Outstanding July 1, 1931 $1,708.79 
Payments to treasurer Julv 1 to 3, 1931 $135.60 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per lis: 1,546.19 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 27.00 

$1,708.79 



Taxes— 1930 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $105,089.44 
Moth 1930 reported as taxes 1930 1.00 
Overpayment to collector, adjusted .40 



Pavments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 
1931 $63,449.91 

Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 315.76 

Transferred to tax titles January 1 to June 30, 

1931 1,566.60 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 39,758.57 



$105,090.84 



$105,090.84 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $39.75{ 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $3,109.40 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 34,811.23 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 1.837.94 



$39,758.57 



Poll Taxes— 1931 

Commitment per warrant $6,294.00 
Additional commitment 10.00 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 ^ _ $386.00 

Warrant in excess of commitment list 2.00 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 5,916.00 



$6,304.00 



$6,304.00 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $5,916.00 
Pavments to treasurer Julv 1 to 3, 1931 $618.00 
Abatements July 1 to 3, 1931 20.00 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 5,108.00 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 170.00 

$5.916.00 



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83 



Old Age Assistance Taxes — 1931 

Commitment per warrant $3,163.00 
Additional commitment 5.00 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $185.00 

Warrant in excess of commitment list 1.00 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 2,982.00 



Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes — 1929 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $1,523.20 
Interest reported as motor vehicle excise taxes 

1929 .92 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $319.05 

Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 561.11 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 643.96 



Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes— 1930 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $1,908.45 
Abatements and payments refunded 130.66 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $1,253.83 

Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 175.18 

Refund, motor vehicle excise 1931 charged to 

motor vehicle excise 1930 5.61 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 604.49 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $604.49 
Abatements and payments refunded 4.00 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $5.20 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 603.29 



Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes — 1931 

Commitments January 1 to June 30, 1931, per 

warrants $33,451.38 
Commitment lists in excess of warrants .03 
Abatements and payments refunded 534.34 
Erroneous refunds 34.88 
Refund motor vehicle excise taxes 1931 charged 
to motor vehicle excise taxes 1930 5.61 



$3,168.00 



$3,168.00 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $2,982.00 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $301.00 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 2,598.00 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 83.00 

$2,982.00 



$1,524.12 



$1,524.12 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $643.96 
Abatements July 1 to 3, 1931 $76.01 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 567.95 

$643.96 



$2,039.11 



$2,039.11 

$608.49 
$608.49 



$34,026.24 



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[Dec. 31 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $27,030.83 

Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 1,737.72 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 5,257.69 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $5,257.69 

Abatements and payments refunded 63.67 

Abatements and payments, to be refunded 108.13 

Overpayment to collector, to be refunded 8.78 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $1,635.55 

Abatements July 1 to 3, 1931 96.78 

Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 3.551.38 

Cash balance July 3, 1931 154.56 



$34,026.24 



S5. 438.27 



$5.438.27 

Moth Assessments — 1929 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $13.25 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $4.25 
Transferred to tax titles January 1 to June 30, 

1931 ' 2.50 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 6.50 



$13.25 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 ^ $6.50 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931, $.75 
Outstanding July 3, 1931', per list 5.75 

$6.50 



Moth Assessments — 1930 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $388.75 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $217.50 

Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 2.50 
Transferred to tax titles January 1 to June 30, 

1931 6.00 

Moth reported as taxes 1930 1.00 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 161.75 

S388.75 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $161.75 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $9.00 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 140.50 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 12.25 

$161.75 



Unapportioned Sewer Assessments 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $36,662.41 
Duplicate apportionment 92.15 
Abatement after apportionment 61.92 
Collection in excess of commitment .64 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $14,972.94 
Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 856.57 
Apportionments January 1 to June 30, 1931 13.560.26 
Outstanding June 30 and July 3, 1931, per list 7,427.35 



$36,817.12 



$36,817.12 



1931] DIVISION OF ACCOUNTS 85 



Sewer Assessments — 1929 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $7.41 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $7.41 

Sewer Assessments — 1930 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $1,444.64 
Sidewalk assessment 1930 reported as sewer 12.11 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $1,082.29 
Outstanding June 30, 1931 374.46 



$1,456.75 
$1.456.75 

Outstanding July 1, 1931 $374.46 
Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $41.88 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 332.58 

— $374.46 



Unapportioned Sidewalk Assessments 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $2,150.89 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $792.15 

Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 21.37 

Apportionments January 1 to June 30, 1931 426.04 

Outstanding June 30 and July 3, 1931, per list 911.33 

$2,150.89 

Sidewalk Assessments — 1930 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $600.14 

Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $266.72 

Transferred to tax titles January 1 to June 30, 

1931 41.39 

Sidewalk assessments reported as sewer 1930 12.11 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 279.92 



Interest on Deferred Taxes and Assessments 

Collections January 1 to June 30, 1931: 

Levy of 1929 $69.09 

Levy of 1930 1,478.67 

Motor vehicle excise taxes 1929 27.63 

Motor vehicle excise taxes 1930 21.14 

Motor vehicle excise taxes 1931 54.79 

Unapportioned sewers 6.30 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 ^ $1,656.70 

Interest reported as motor vehicle excise taxes 

1929 .92 



$600.14 



Outstanding Julv 1, 1931 $279.92 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $30.80 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 205.54 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 43.58 



$279.92 



$1,657.62 



$1,657.62 



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[Dec. 31 



Collections July 1 to 3, 1931: 

Levy of 1930 $168.86 

Motor vehicle excise taxes 1930 .08 

Motor vehicle excise taxes 1931 .25 



Pavments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $107.21 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 61.98 



$169.19 
S169.19 



Tax Titles 

On hand January 1, 1931 $2,894.88 
Added to tax titles Januarv 1 to June 
30, 1931: 

Taxes 1929 $411.00 
Taxes 1930 1,566.60 
Moth assessments 1929 2.50 
Moth assessments 1930 6.00 
Sidewalk assessments 1930 41.39 

2.027.49 



Redemptions January 1 to June 30, 1931 $452.92 
On hand June 30 and July 3, 1931, per list 4,469.45 



$4,922.37 
$4,922.37 



Tax Title Possessions 

On hand January 1, 1931 $255.35 
On hand June 30 and July 3, 1931 $255.35 

Departmental Accounts Receivable 

Outstanding January 1, 1931: 

Health $1,138.17 

Highways 37.50 

Public welfare 3,445.77 

State aid 516.00 

Military aid 85.00 

School 37.50 

Cemetery 175.00 

— $5,434.94 



Commitment Januarv 1 to June 30, 1931: 

Highway ' $225.00 

Public welfare 2,087.17 

Schools 431.25 

Sewer 12.10 



2,/:>:).^. 

Commitments not previously reported: 

Public welfare 239.3: 



Pavments to treasurer Januarv 1 to June 30, 1931 : 

Health ' $1,053.22 

Highwav 225.00 

Public welfare 1,764.72 

Schools 337.50 

Sewer 12.10 

Cemeterv 77.00 



$8,429.79 



S3.469.54 

Abatements Januarv 1 to June 30, 1931: 

Public welfare ' 18.93 
Commitment in excess of list: 

Public welfare .03 



1931] 



DIVISION OF ACCOUNTS 



87 



Outstanding June 30, 1931 and July 3, 1931, per 
lists: 

Health $84.95 

Highway 37.50 

Public welfare 3,988.59 

State aid 516.00 

Military aid 85.00 

Schools 131.25 

Cemetery 98.00 



4.941.29 



Water Rates— 1930 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $10,134.56 
Detailed list in excess of commitment 1.00 



Payments to treasurer ' $7,614.13 

Abatements 13.68 

Water rates 1930 reported as water rates 1931 10.00 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 2,497.75 



Water Rates— 1931 

Commitments $41,257.32 

Commitment not previously reported 82.16 

Water rates 1930 reported 'as 1931 10.00 

Overpayment to collector, adjusted .02 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $32,093.19 

Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 29.95 

Commitment in excess of detailed list 120.90 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 9,105.46 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $9,105.46 
Commitment July 1 to 3, 1931 41.50 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $205.33 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 8,842.30 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 99.33 



$8,429.79 



Water Rates— 1928 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $14.93 
Outstanding June 30 and July 3, 1931, per list $14.93 

Water Rates-^1929 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $452.29 
Pajmients to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $184.50 
Outstanding June 30 and July 3, 1931, per list 267.79 

$452.29 



$10,135.56 



$10,135.56 



Outstanding Julv 1, 1931 $2,497.75 
Abatements July 1 to 3, 1931 4.00 
Unlocated difference .93 

Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 2,492.82 



$2,497.75 



$41,349.50 

$41,349.50 
$9,146.96 
$9,146.96 



88 



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[Dec. 31 



Water Services Prior to 1929 

Outstanding January 1, 1931: 

Services 1927 $.20 
Services 1928 84.07 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $82.35 

Outstanding June 30 and July 3, 1931, 
per list: 

Services 1927 $.20 
Services 1928 1.72 

1.92 



Water Services — 1931 

Commitments $2,583.79 
Commitment not previously reported 155.07 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $2,209.05 

Abatements January 1 to June 30, 1931 10.84 
Outstanding June 30, 1931 518.97 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $518.97 
Commitment July 1 to 3, 1931 482.18 
Collections in advance of commitment 93.70 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $73.07 
Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list 838.44 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 . 183.34 



Water Interest 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $362.25 

Commitment January 1 to June 30, 1931 10.48 

Commitment not previously reported 11.05 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $145.09 
Outstanding June 30, 1931 238.69 



$84.27 



$84.27 



Water Services— 1929 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 $64.17 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $42.55 
Outstanding June 30 and July 3, 1931, per list 21.62 

$64.17 



Water Services — 1930 

Outstanding January 1, 1931 ^ $2,619.70 

Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $2,315.54 
Outstanding June 30 and July 3, 1931, per list 304.16 

$2,619.70 



$2,738.86 



$2,738.86 



$1,094.85 



$1,094.85 



$383.78 



1931] 



DIVISION OF ACCOUNTS 



89 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $238.69 
Commitment July 1 to 3, 1931 86.54 



Outstanding July 3, 1931, per list $323.48 
Cash balance July 3, 1931 1.75 



990.00 



Payments to county treasurer January 1 to June 

30, 1931 $699.20 

Fees retained by town clerk January 1 to June 

30, 1931, 319 @ .20 ' 63.80 

Cash on hand June 30, 1931 245.00 



^325.23 
$325.23 



Water Rents 

Commitment January 1 to June 30, 1931 $200.00 

Commitment not previously reported 40.00 

$240.00 

Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1930 ' $240.00 

Collection in advance of commitment $40.00 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to 3, 1931 $40.00 

Selectmen's Licenses and Miscellaneous Receipts 

Issued January 1 to June 30, 1931 $465.00 

Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $450.00 
Cash on hand June 30, 1931 14.50 



Cash on hand July 1, 1931 $245.00 
Licenses issued July 1 to 3, 1931 72.00 



Payments to Division of Fisheries and Game 

January 1 to June 30, 1931 $220.85 

Fees retained by town clerk January 1 to June 

30, 1931 ' ' 19.10 

Cash balance June 30, 1931 29.55 



$465.00 



Cash on hand July 1, 1931 $14.50 

Issued July 1 to 14, 1931 10.00 

$24.50 

Payments to treasurer July 1 to 14, 1931 $24.50 

Dog Licenses 

Cash on hand January 1, 1931 $18.00 
Licenses issued January 1 to June 30, 19-31: 

365 Males @ $2.00 $730.00 

47 Females @ 5.00 235.00 

1 Breeder's @ 25.00 25.00 



$1,008.00 



$1,008.00 



$317.00 

Cash on hand July 3, 1931 (verified) $317.00 

Hunting and Fishing Licenses 

Licenses issued January 1 to June 30, 1931: 

67 Resident citizens' sporting @ $2.75 $184.25 
1 Alien sporting 15.25 
14 Resident citizens' lobstermen's @ $5.00 70.00 



$269.50 



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[Dec. 31 



Cash balance July 1, 1931 $29.55 
Licenses issued July 1 to 3, 1931: 

1 Resident citizen's lobstermen's $5.00 



Cash balance July 3, 1931: 

Payment to Division of Fisheries and Game, 

in transit $29.55 

Cash on hand (verified) 5.00 



Town Hall Rentals 

Outstanding Januarv 1, 1931 $5.00 
Rentals January 1 to June 30, 1931 152.00 

Payment to treasurer in excess of recorded col- 
lections 10.00 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $142.00 

Outstanding June 30 and July 15, 1931, per list 15.00 

Cash on hand June 30 and July 15, 1931 (verified) 10.00 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Cash on hand January 1, 1931 $2.12 
Charges January 1 to June 30, 1931 69.49 



Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $68.16 

Outstanding June 30, 1931 1.00 

Cash balance June 30, 1931 2.45 



Cash balance July 1, 1931 $2.45 

Outstanding July 1, 1931 1.00 

Payments to treasurer Januarv 1 to July 13, 

1931 ' $1.30 

Outstanding Julv 13. 1931 $1.00 

Due from sealer Julv 13. 1931 1.15 



Cash on hand July 1, 1931 $3.00 

Permits issued July 1 to 13, 1931 3.00 

Payments to treasurer Julv 1 to 13, 1931 $3.00 

Cash on hand July 13, 1931, (verified) 3.00 



S34.55 



$34.55 



$167.00 



$167.00 



$71.61 



$71.61 



$3.45 



$3.45 



Building Inspector 

Permits issued January 1 to June 30, 1931 $86.00 
Payments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 ' $83.00 

Cash on hand June 30, 1931 3.00 

$86.00 



$6.00 
$6.00 



Health Department — Licenses 

Issued Januarv 1 to June 30, 1931 $59.50 
Cash on hand' June 30, 1931 $59.50 



1931] 



DIVISION OF ACCOUNTS 



91 



Cash on hand July 1, 1931 $59.50 
Issued July 1 to 6, 1931 . 2.00 



Payments to treasurer Julv 1 to 6, 1931 $59.50 
Cash on hand July 6, 1931 (verified) 2.00 



Park Department — Fish House Receipts 

Cash on hand January 1, 1931 $16.20 
Outstanding January'l, 1931 203.10 
Overpayment to treasurer .20 
Charges January 1 to June 30, 1931 175.60 



Pavments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $140.30 
Outstanding June 30, 1931 254.80 



Library 

Receipts January 1 to June 30, 1931: 

Fines $223.60 
Sale of paper, etc. 1.61 



Pavments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 $205.00 
Cash on hand June 30, 1931 20.21 



Cash on hand July 1, 1931 $20.21 
Receipts July 1 to 14, 1931 9.47 
Overpaj-ment to treasurer 6.19 



Payments to treasurer Julv 1 to 14, 1931 $25.00 
Cash on hand July 14, 1931 (verified) 10.87 



$61.50 
$61.50 



$395.10 



S395.10 



Outstanding July 1, 1931 $254.80 
Pavments to treasurer July 1 to 16, 1931 $50.40 
Outstanding July 16, 1931, per list 204.40 

$254.80 



$225.21 



$225.21 



$35.87 
$35.87 



Cemetery Sale of Lots and Perpetual Care Bequests 

Receipts January 1 to June 30, 1931: 

Sale of lots $919.00 
Perpetual care bequests 330.00 



SI, 249 00 

Pavments to treasurer January 1 to June 30, 

1931 ' $1,249.00 

Receipts July 1 to 15, 1931: 

Sale of lots $320.00 
Perpetual care bequests 75.00 

$395.00 



Payments to treasurer July 1 to 15, 1931 S395.00 



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1931] REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 95 



The Board of Health 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

The Board of Health herewith submits its report for the year end- 
ing December 31, 1931, together with those of its various officers: 

For the first time in many years the board has no recommendations 
to make relative to the extension of the sewer system the coming year. 
Failure to make such recommendations does not mean that there is no 
further need of its extension, for there are still several sections where 
the sewer is badly needed but its extension is out of the question at 
the present time. 

One of the most perplexing problems now facing the board is that 
of housing and sanitation in the Swampscott Highlands section of the 
town. Living conditions in that section have been far from satisfactory 
for a long period of time. Something should be done to relieve the 
situation. What to do and how to do it is a problem that requires an 
exhaustive study. 

Under the provisions of Chapter 41, Section 70, of the General 
Laws, the creation of a Planning Board becomes compulsory in every 
town having a population of more than ten thousand at the last pre- 
ceding national or State census. The said law further provides that 
the Planning Board shall make careful studies of the resources, possi- 
bilities and needs of the town, particularly with respect to conditions 
injurious to the public health and shall make plans for the development 
of the municipality, with special reference to proper housing of its 
inhabitants. Such a board has already been created, and in view of 
the fact that the situation at Swampscott Highlands involves both 
public health and proper housing, it is our recommendation that the 
Planning Board give this matter their immedrate attention. 

Last year incineration was recommended as the only satisfactory 
method of abating the unsanitary conditions connected with the disposal 
of clam, lobster and oyster shells, fish trimmings and other waste 
material at Blaney Beach. We are still convinced that such disposition 
should be made of the material. 

The constantly increasing change from coal to oil as the means of 
heating homes has had its effect upon the collections of ashes and 
rubbish. Each year there is a steady decrease in the amount of ashes 
collected while the amount of combustible material and rubbish in- 
creases. 

Lack of ashes has made it impossible to properly cover the waste 
paper and other rubbish and much of the material is blown about the 
premises and streets in the vicinity of the dumping places. Dump fires 
have also become more frequent. Such fires are not only a menace to 
houses and property but are expensive as well as obnoxious to those 
living in the vicinity of the dumps. 

Everything possible is done to eliminate the conditions, but as long 
as it is necessary to maintain dumps for the disposal of waste material, 
permanent or satisfactory abatement is out of the question. 

W^e recommend the purchase of an incinerator for the disposal of 
all combustible material. 

New bids for the collection of ashes and garbage were advertised 
for, and when publicly opened and read in the office of the board on 
Thursday evening, December 3, 1931, were found as follows: 



96 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



ASHES 

Per Year 

Felix D'Agnese, 36 Eastman avenue, Swampscott $8,390.00 

Louis Marino, 97 Eastman avenue, Swampscott 8,100.00 

Corso & Mattera, 8 Hillside avenue, Swampscott 8,000.00 

George E. Smith, 34 Danvers road, Swampscott 7,875.00 

William H. Carroll, 148 Burrill street, Swampscott 7,800.00 

Charles F. Travis, 11 Bulfinch street, Lynn _ 7,800.00 

Jean B. LeBel, 568 Loring avenue, Salem 7,800.00 

Joe Faia & Mike Dilisio, 110 Eastman avenue, Swampscott.... 7,780.00 

M. Benevento Co., 10 Dana street, Lynn 7,666.66 

Fred Marino, 97 Walker road, Swampscott 7,390.00 

P. J. McDermott, 74 Allen avenue, Lynn 6,800.00 

Willard F. Corbin, 32 Summer street, Saugus 6,500.00 

Joseph G. Wilkish, 97 Holyoke street, Lynn 6,400.00 

E. M. O'Neil Contracting Co., 76 Washington street, Peabody 6,000.00 

GARBAGE 

Jean B. LeBel 568 Loring avenue, Salem $6,300.00 

Henery H. LeBel, 528 Loring avenue, Salem 5,200.00 

Thomas S. Robinson, 5 Danvers street, Salem 4,465.00 

Joseph G. Wilkish. 97 Holyoke street, Lynn 4.400.00 

Joseph S. Krzywicki, 21 Guild road, Saugus 3,950.00 



After a conference with Air. O'Neil of the E. M. O'Neil Contract- 
ing Company, the lowest bidder for the collection of ashes, and a con- 
ference with the Board of Selectmen, it was unanimously voted to 
award the contract to Joseph G. Wilkish, 97 Holyoke street, Lynn, for 
the sum of $6400 per year. 

As a result of investigations by this department and members of 
the Police Department, the board after a conference with the Board of 
Selectmen, unanimously voted to award the contract for the collection 
of garbage to Joseph G. Wilkish, 97 Holyoke street, Lynn, for the 
sum of $4400 per year. 

The net saving to the town under the new contracts will be $2065 
per year. 

For detailed information of the work of the department we refer 
you to the reports of our various officers. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LORING GRIMES, M. D., 
HAROLD H. BARTOL, 
JOHN B. CAHOON, 

Board of Health. 

Health Officer 



To the Board of Health: 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the following report for the j^ear 
ending December 31, 1931 : 

The general health of our community has been exceptionally good 
the past year. 

The number of communicable diseases reported is considerably less 
than during the year 1930. 

Three deaths occurred from infantile paralysis and one each from 
influenza, lobar pneumonia and scarlet fever. 

Two tuberculosis patients were discharged from the Essex Sana- 
torium during the year to continue treatment at home. At the present 
time there are three patients at tTie sanatorium at the expense of this 
department. 

Five children were able to go to the summer camp at the Essex 
Sanatorium during their summer vacation as the result of the hearty 



1931] REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



97 



response of our citizens to the appeal of the local tuberculosis asso- 
ciation for the purchase of Christmas seals, last year. 

Five hundred eighteen public and parochial school children were 
given the Schick test during the months of May and June, and those 
found to be susceptible to diphtheria received the necessary immunizing 
doses of toxin-anti-toxin. Thirty-one pre-school children were given 
the immunizing doses without the test. 

The teeth of all children in the elementary grades of the public 
schools have been examined and the parents of those having defects 
notified. Upon receipt of written request from the parent or guardian 
the needed treatment was given. The services of the dental clinic have 
also been given to the children in the parochial school whenever 
requested. 

Twelve hundred ninety-seven pupils in the elementary grades and 
the junior high school were physically examined soon after the opening 
of the schools in September, an increase of ninety pupils over the 
year 1930. 

Sixty-one pre-school children were given physical examinations 
at the clinics held for that purpose during the month of May. Many 
of the defects found were corrected before they entered school in 
September. 

As a result of the sewer extension program inaugurated three years 
ago the public system has now been extended into approximately all 
streets accessible to the sewer. There are still some sections where the 
public sewer is badly needed, but there are existing conditions that do 
not permit its extension to those sections at the present time. 

Because of certain conditions existing in and about the artesian 
well at Swampscott Highlands, recently drilled at the expense of the 
town for the purpose of providing water for the residents of that sec- 
tion during the winter months, the State Commissioner of Public 
Health, George H. Bigelow, M. D,, has declined to approve of the use 
of the water for either drinking or domestic purposes until it has been 
adequate!}' chlorinated or otherwise made safe for such use. 

The refusal of the Commissioner to approve the use of the water 
made it necessary for this office to prohibit its use until it has been 
chlorinated in a manner satisfactory to him. Notice was accordingly 
sent the Board of Selectmen, who ordered the pump padlocked imme- 
diately and it has remained so, as no satisfactory means of chlorination 
have as yet been found. 

The method of handling and disposing of the shells, fish trimmings, 
etc., at Blaney Beach was again the object of continual complaint and 
much criticism during the summer months. In an effort to eliminate 
some of the complaints, the place of handling was transferred from the 
vicinity of the fish house to the easterly end of the beach and the 
proprietors of the fish markets, hotels and restaurants instructed to 
have their material at the beach not later than 8 A. M. each day. The 
change did not eliminate complaints or improve conditions. 

During the past year and for several years, strenuous objections 
have been made against the maintenance of the various dumping places 
because of the nuisances and unsanitary conditions, consisting of waste 
paper and other light material blown from the dump on to the streets 
and property in the neighborhood, the breeding of flies, mosquitoes and 
rats, obnoxious odors, smoke, fires and other condtions too innumerable 
to mention. 

As approximately seventy-five per cent, of the material now col- 
lected is of a combustible nature it is not possible to keep the waste 
paper and other light material properly covered with the small amount 
of ashes collected, consequently it is blown from the dump and does 
many times reach the street and adjoining property. Fires have also 
become more frequent and the cost of extinguishing them is consid- 
erable, as thousands of gallons of water are oftentimes used to put 
them out. Storekeepers and others who are in the habit of disposing 
of their waste themselves have been repeatedly requested to see that it 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



is free of garbage, decayed fruit and vegetables when taken to the 
dumps, but It reaches there just the same. 

There is no question but that if the same conditions existed upon 
the premises of an}- of those living in the vicinity of the dumps, they 
would be ordered to abate the same immediately or prosecution would 
follow. Certainly the conditions are not conducive to good health, but 
this department is powerless to remedy the situation so long as the 
town elects to dispose of its combustible waste material in such a 
manner. Incineration is the only satisfactory and unobjectionable 
method of disposal. 

Now that the School Committee has voted to employ a school 
nurse in accordance with the provisions of Section 53 of Chapter 71 of 
the General Laws, the records, supervision and other work connected 
with the annual physical examination of the school children, which has 
been done by this office and the health nurse during the past twelve 
years, will be taken over by that department beginning January- 1, 1932. 
The new arrangement will now make it possible for this department 
and office to direct attention to other equally important health activities 
which has not been possible heretofore because of the demands of the 
school work. 

Because of a desire to continue in the work in which she is deeply 
interested and feels best qualified to do, Mrs. Mar}- K. Hammond 
applied for and received the appointment as school nurse. 

Since her appointment as health nurse in 1918, Mrs. Hammond has 
been a conscientious and willing worker, ready at all times to answer 
any call or to perform any duty required of her. While her desire to 
continue in the work in which she is interested is appreciated, I deeply 
regret the loss of her valued services. 

The sum of $45 has been collected for licenses and permits issued 
during the year, and said amount has been paid the collector and his 
receipt obtained. 

The following is a summary of the work of the department dur- 
ing the year: 

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS 1931 



Schools 


Clarke 


Hadley 


Jr. High 


Machon 


Stanley 


Total 


Number examined 


240 


246 


398 


229 


184 


1297 


Adenoids 


2 


2 


2 


1 


1 


8 


Feet and spine 


8 


6 


15 


5 


14 


48 


Glands 


3 


2 


1 


1 


2 


9 


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1 





1 


Heart 





1 


6 


2 


1 


10 


Lungs 


1 














1 


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15 





15 


Nerves 











6 





6 


Nutrition 





4 


4 


6 


7 


16 


Posture 


11 


7 


18 


9 


15 


60 


Skin 


1 





1 





1 


3 


Tonsils — diseased 


2 


2 


3 


3 


2 


12 


Tonsils — large 


13 


13 


20 


28 


12 


86 


Vision 


6 


3 


50 ^ 


6 


3 


68 


Weight — over 


22 


22 


52 


13 


19 


128 


Weight — under 


46 


26 


42 


38 


15 


167 


Totals 


115 


88 


214 


134 


87 


638 



REPORT OF RE-EXAMINATION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN 
By State Tuberculosis Clinic 

Number of children recommended for re-examination 20 

Number of children x-rayed 20 

Number of children absent, moved away, left school 

Number of children re-examined 19 

Number of children found to be improved 1^ 

Number of children found to be unimproved _ 2 

Number of children recommended for summer camp 2 



1931] REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 99 



PRE-SCHOOL CLINIC 

Number of days of clinic ^ 5 

Number of children examined 61 

Number of children found without defects 57 

Number of defects found _ _ 20 

Number 'of defects corrected 10 

Number of children inocculated with toxin-anti-toxin 31 

SUMMARY OF DEFECTS 

Eyes „ _ ^ „ 

Ears « _ „ 

Glands 1 

Heart „ ^ 1 

Lungs - 

Nose _ „. 6 

Orthopedic _ 3 

Posture _ 3 

Scalp _ 

Skin ^ 

Teeth 

Throat _ 6 

10% underweight 26 

Total defects „ 46 

SCHICK TEST AND IMMUNIZATION, 1931 







Positive 












Test 


Without 




Schools Positive Combined 




Pseudo 




Negative 


Only 




Test 


Total 


Clarke 


























Boys 


9 




4 









20 




2 




1 


36 


Girls 


13 




2 









19 









1 


35 


Teachers 

















4 












4 


Hadley 


























Boys 


7 




2 









22 












31 


Girls 


12 




5 









27 




2 







46 


Junior High 


























Boys 


9 




3 









49 




1 







62 


Girls 


10 




3 









34 




1 







48 


Machon 


























Boys 


8 




2 









• 14 




2 







26 


Girls 


14 




4 









22 












40 


Stanley 


























Boys 


12 














19 




4 







35 


Girls 


10 




1 









15 












26 


St. John 


























Boys 


20 




3 









48 









5 


76 


Girls 


15 




3 









54 









11 


83 


Totals 


139 


32 









347 




12 




18 


548 




DIPHTHERIA STATISTICS 








Year 


19^1 


1922 


1923 


1924 1925 


1926 1927 


1928 1929 


1930 1931 Total 


No. of diphtheria 


cases 
























reported 


- 8 


4 




7 


7 


3 


5 


13 


29 


11 


6 


5 98 


No. of adults having 
























disease — 


2 







3 


2 


1 


2 


3 


2 


7 


3 


2 27 


No. of school children 
























having disease 


3 


3 




2 


3 


1 


1 





20 


2 


2 


1 38 


No. under school 


age 
























having -disease 


3 


1 




2 


2 


1 


2 


1 


7 


2 




2 24 


No. ill with disease who 
























had Schick Test 








1 








1 


3 


1 


1 


2 


1 10 



100 TOWN DOCb'MEXTS [Dec. 31 



Year 1921 


1922 


1923 1924 


1925 


1926 


1927 


1928 


1929 


1930 


1931 Total 


No. ill who had been im- 
























munized 




1 








1 


2 


1 


1 


1 


1 


8 


No. who had Schick 
























Test and were negative 
















1 








1 





2 


No. of children given 
























Schick Test — 




298 








205 


375 


102 


314 


458 


518 


2270 


No. of positive reactions 




227 








150 


234 


73 


154 


234 


139 


1211 


No. of positive — com- 
























bined reactions 




17 








11 


22 


2 


17 


40 


32 


141 


No. of pseudo reactions 













1 











1 





2 


No. of negative reactions 




54 








43 


119 


27 


143 


183 


347 


916 


No. immunized without 
























test - 













6 


16 


9 


17 


13 


18 


79 


No. taking test only . 




2 








1 


11 











12 


26 


No. failing to take all 
























injections -— - 




8 








7 


20 


1 


1 


20 


4 


61 


No. of deaths from 
























diphtheria 1 





1 











1 














3 


No. of adult deaths 








G 


























No. of deaths of school 
























age - 








1 























1 


No. of deaths under 
























school age - - 1 














1 

















2 


No. of deaths among 
























those tested or im- 
























munized - 




































t 

REPORTS OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, 1931 





























VI 








u 


u 
CI, 


>, 


o 




z'c 






> 




tJ 

o 


^0 




rS 






< 












o 




Q 




Cat-bite 














1 























1 


Cerebro spinal meningitis 









































Chicken pox 


' 1 











4 


3 


1 








1 


1 


2 


13 


Diphtheria 





1 








1 


1 


1 


1 











1 


6 


Dog-bite 





1 


5 


4 


5 


4 


4 


2 


2 


2 


3 


1 


33 


Encephalitis lethargica 


1 



































1 


German measles 








1 


4 


14 


4 











1 








24 


Impetigo 








2 


1 


2 











5 


1 





3 


14 


Infantile paralysis 

















1 








1 


3 








5 


Inflamed eyes 


1 





1 








1 





1 











2 


6 


Influenza 









































Lobar pneumonia 





1 





























1 


2 


Measles 


1 


2 





2 


5 


3 














11 


59 


83 


Mumps 

















1 








1 











2 


Ringworm 





























1 








1 


Scabies 



































1 


1 


Scarlet fever 


1 























2 








3 


6 


Septic sore throat 









































Tuberculosis (pulmonary) 


1 








1 





1 




















3 


Tuberculosis (other forms) 




















1 

















1 


Typhoid fever 




















1 

















1 


Undulant fever 









































Whooping cough 


1 

















2 


1 


6 


7 


19 


27 


63 


Totals 


7 


5 


9 


12 


32 


19 


10 


5 


17 


16 


34 


100 266 



1931] REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



101 



SWAMPSCOTT RESIDENTS DYING OUT OF TOWN 
FROM CONTAGIOUS DISEASES 

Male Female Totals 

Anterior poliomyelitis 3 3 

Scarlet fever 10 1 



Totals 1 3 4 

DEATHS IN TOWN FROM CONTAGIOUS DISEASES 

Male Female Totals 

Influenza Oil 

DEATHS FROM ALL CAUSES 

Male Female Totals 

General Diseases: 

1 
2 
2 
1 
1 
1 
1 
1 
3 
1 



Cancer of neck, throat and ton 

Cancer of ovary 

Cancer of prostate 

Cancer of retroperitoneal gland. 

Cancer of stomach 

Cancer of uterus 

Hodgkin's disease 



Diseases of Nervous System: 



Diseases of Circulatory System: 



Dilatation of heart, acute. 



Diseases of Respiratory System: 



Diseases of Digestive System: 



Affections Produced by External Causes : 



Suicide bv 






1 


I 


I 





2 


I 


Q 





I 


1 








1 





1 





3 


I 





4 


10 


6 


11 


1 


1 


3 


13 


1 
i 







1 


1 
i 




2 








1 


5 


2 


1 


2 


1 





1 


1 


16 


22 





1 


2 


4 


1 





3 


5 





1 


1 








1 


1 


2 


1 





1 








1 





1 



14 
17 

2 
16 
2 

1 
1 
2 
1 
7 
3 
1 
2 

38 

1 

6 
1 



102 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Male Female Totals 

Ill-dehned Diseases: 

Heart failure 2 3 5 

Xonvenereal Diseases of the Genitourinary System and Annexa: 

Brights disease, acute Oil 

Brights disease, chronic Oil 

Hypertrophy' of prostate. 10 1 

Nephritis, chronic 112 

2 3 5 

The Puerperal State: 

Premature birth 2 2 

Toxemia 10 1 

3 3 

Malformations : 

Spina bifida Oil 

Epidemic, Endemic and Infectious Diseases: 

Influenza followed by pneumonia Oil 

Old Age: 

General weakness Oil 

1931 DEATHS BY MONTHS 

Male Female Totals 

January 4 8 12 

February 14 5 

March 2 8 10 

April 2 5 7 

May 4 9 13 

June 6 5 11 

July 3 7 10 

August 12 3 

September 7 4 11 

October 4 4 8 

November 4 4 8 

December 4 6 10 

Totals 42 66 108 

1931 MORTUARY REPORT 

Male Female Totals 

Still births 3 5 8 

Under 1 year 3 2 5 

From 1 to 2 years 

** 2 to 3 years 

" 3 to 4 years 1 1 

" 4 to 5 years 

5 to 10 years 

10 to 15 years 

15to20vears 

" 20 to 30 years 1 1 

*' 30 to 40 years 2 2 

" 40 to 50 vears 2 3 5 

50 to 60 years 6 9 15 

" 60 to 70 years 9 10 19 

" 70 to 80 years 10 19 29 

" 80 to 90 years 7 13 20 

" 90 to 100 years 3 3 

Totals 42 66 108 



1V31] REPORT OF'BOARD OF HEALTH 103 



SUMMARY OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS 

Deaths in Swampscott during 1931 _ 108 

Non-residents dying in town 8 

Swampscott residents dying out of town 25 

Total deaths of Swampscott residents 1931 125 

Death rate 12.2 

Total number of resident deaths, male 42 

Total number of resident deaths, female 66 

Average age, male _ 57.3 

Average age, female 62.3 

Total births in town _ 163 

Total births out of town 60 

Still births in town „ 8 

Still births out of town 1 

Deaths under 1 year in town 5 

Deaths under 1 year out of town 1 

PERMITS ISSUED 

The following permits have been issued during 1931: 

To keep fowl 104 

To Undertakers 4 

To collect soap grease and tallow 1 

To remove night soil _ 1 

The following licenses have been issued during 1931: 

To sell alcohol _ 16 

To manicure _ — 5 

To sell non-alcoholic beverages 2 

Respectfully submitted, 



CLARENCE W. HORTON, 

Health Officer. 

Dental Clinic 



To the Board of Health: 

Gentlemen: — Herewith is submitted a report of the activities of 
the Dental Clinic for the year ending December 31, 1931: 

Six hundred children of the elementary grades were found to have 
dental defects of some degree. The notification cards were sent to 
the parents and three hundred sixty-four children were taken care of 
by the clinic and had their entire mouths put in good healthy condition 
and one hundred ninety-two brought in certificates from family 
dentists. 

* A detailed summary of operations follows: 



Extractions (temp, teeth) 386 

Extractions (perm, teeth) 56 

Local anasthesia 298 

Pulp capping 21 

FiUings (perm, teeth) 717 

Fillings (temp, teeth) 888 

Prophylaxis 284 

Miscellaneous 206 

Examinations 1784 



Total 4640 

Dental charts made out 607 

Notification cards sent home 607 



Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. FENELON, D. M. D., 

Dentist in Charge. 



104 



TOWX I)()CL'MK\"]\S 



[Dec. 31 



Milk Inspector 



To the Board of Health: 

Gentlemen : — I herewith submit the following report for the year 
ending December 31, 1931: 

At the hearing before the legislative committee on agriculture and 
public health on House Bill No. 637, of which your inspector was the 
sponsor, strenuous objection to the power of inspection of the place of 
production and methods of handling the milk and cream produced or 
sold in this state being transferred from the local boards of health to 
the State Department of Agriculture was presented by representatives 
of the Massachusetts Milk Inspectors' Association. 

During the progress of the hearing the Commissioner of Agricul- 
ture presented a substitute bill calling for the appointment by the 
Governor of a special recess committee to study the present methods 
of milk and dairy inspection throughout the State. Said committee to 
report the results of their investigations and study together with their 
recommendations to the next session of the legislature. In presenting 
the bill the Commissioner stated that while it was the opinion of his 
department that a more adequate and uniform system of inspection is 
needed he felt that the situation is one that should be given a thorough 
investigation and careful stud}^ before any definite action is taken. The 
representatives of the Milk Inspectors' Association were agreeable to 
the substitution and a special recess committee appointed by the Gov- 
ernor has been studying the matter. 

The New England Milk Producers' Association has recorded itself 
in favor of a law that will insure a uniform s}stem of inspection and 
at the sanie time protect the local producers and dealers from competi- 
tion with those who obtain their milk and cream from uninspected 
sources. 

The attitude of the recess committee seems to favor the enactment 
of a law that will not only be an adequate safeguard to the health of 
the consumer but will at the same time serve to protect the farmer 
from outside products, produced under less costly and rigid conditions. 

One case of typhoid fever was reported during the 3ear. Investi- 
gation of the case revealed that the patient was the manager of a 
chain of shoe stores in various sections of this State and Rhode Island 
and he spent approximately all of his time in travelling from one store 
to another. As no other cases were reported there is no doubt but 
that the disease was contracted during his travels. 

During the year the State Department of Public Health revised 
and adopted new regulations governing the pasteurization of milk. 
Under the new regulations it is now unlawful for a dealer to deliver 
or sell milk having a bacteria count of more than fifty thousand per 
cubic centimeter. Previous regulations permitted a count of not more 
than one hundred thousand. Many other equally important require- 
ments and restrictions are contained in the new regulations. 

Six hundred seventy-three dairies have been inspected during the 
year. Of that number four hundred ninet3^-five were approved, one 
hundred thirty-two given an opportunity to improve conditions and 
fortj'-six excluded as unfit for the production of milk or cream. In 
all cases where exclusions were necessary notices have been sent to 
the State Commissioner of Public Health, the dealer and receiving 
station and all other dealers operating receiving stations or purchasing 
milk and cream in the vicinity of the excluded dairy. 



1931] 



REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



105 



Arrangements have also been made with the divisions of creamery 
inspection of the Departments of Agriculture in Maine, New Hamp- 
shire and Vermont whereby it is now necessary for a producer whose 
product has been excluded to meet the requirements and obtain the 
approval of those departments before he can be reinstated. 

During the summer five persons were prosecuted and convicted of 
making sales of ice cream about the streets and beaches of the town 
without first having obtained the approval and certificate of the milk 
inspector. 

In all but one of the cases the persons prosecuted had a license 
issued by the State Director of Standards authorizing them to go about 
the various towns in Essex County selling ice cream from boxes carried 
on their shoulders. 

At a conference with a representative of the Director of Standards 
I was informed that the Director was ready to institute court proceed- 
ings through the Attorney General to compel the recognition of the 
licenses issued by him. At the conclusion of the conference the repre- 
sentative was informed that this department was ready and quite willing- 
to defend its actions and regulations and would also prosecute any 
person attempting to sell ice cream in this town in violation of our 
regulations whether they possessed a State license or not. As warnings 
of the police and this department to stop selling were not heeded 
prosecutions followed with the results as above stated. 

The sum of $48 has been collected for licenses and permits issued 
during the year and the said amount has been paid to the collector 
and his receipt obtained. 

The following licenses and permits have been issued during the 



year: 

To dealers 28 

To stores 53 

To sell oleomargerine 9 

To manufacture ice cream 3 

To sell ice cream „ 12 



Respectfully submitted, 

CLARENCE W. HORTON, 

Milk Inspector. 



106 TOWX DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Inspector of Plumbing 



To the Board of Health: 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the following report for the year 
ending December 18, 1931: 

Plumbing permits issued 121 

Installations approved 120 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD C. PHILLIPS, 

Plumbing Inspector. 

Inspector of Slaughtering 



To the Board of Health: 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit my report for 1931: 
There are no public slaughter-houses licensed in town, consequently 
the duties of this office consist chiefly of inspection of animals that are 
slaughtered for family use. In these cases the inspector must be present 
at the time the animal is killed, after which all organs must be carefully 
examined for any lesions which might indicate the presence of disease. 
Besides the examination of the carcass it is necessary to see that the 
premises are in a sanitary condition. 

After these requirements have been carried out the meat may then 
be stamped and placed on sale or used in any way the owner desires. 
Respectfully submitted, 

FRANK B. STRATTON, M. D. V., 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 

Health Nurse 



To the Board of Health: 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit a report of work for the year 



ending December 31, 1931: 

School visits 220 

Home visits 580 

Consultations 1160 

Children taken to clinics 122 

Visits for tuberculosis 208 

Physical examinations 1297 

Examinations for contagious diseases 2800 

Schick test 518 

Pre-school examinations 61 

Sight and hearing 860 

Impetigo (excUided) 35 

Examinations for mental defects 32 

Miscellaneous 420 

Respectfully submitted, 



MARY K. HAMMOND. R. N., 

Health Nurse. 



1931] 



REPORT OF POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Police Department 



107 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen; I herewith submit the report of the Police Depart- 
ment for the year ending December 31, 1931: 

Roster of the Department 
Chief 

\\'alter F. Reeves 

Captains 

Eugene P. Brogan James AI. Kennedy 

Patrolmen 



Joseph P. Rvan 
Clerk— Mary M. "Pedrick 

Arrests 

Total number of arrests 142 

Males 113 

Females 1 

Juveniles . 28 

Residents . 60 

Non-residents : , 82 

Causes of Arrest 

By-laws, violating: 

Selling ice cream without a license 4 

Carrving loaded revolver 1 

Default 3 

Drunkenness - 33 

Fornication . 1 

Insane 1 

Crimes against the person: 

Assault, simple 1 

Assault and battery 5 

Crimes against property' : 

Breaking and entering in night time 2 

Breaking, entering and larceny in da}' time 3 

Breaking, entering and larceny in night time 10 

Larceny 13 

Larcen}' of automobile 7 

Crimes against public order: 

Abduction 3 

Alien possessing firearm 1 

Bastardy 2 

Liquor laws, violating: 

Illegal keeping of liquor 1 

Illegal sale of liq"uor - 1 



108 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 

Motor vehicle laws, violating: 

Going awa}- unknown after causing injury to property 3 

Going away unknown after causing injury to person 1 

Operating after revocation of license 3 

Operating after revocation of registration 1 

Operating after suspension of license 3 

Operating so as to endanger the lives or safety of public — . 1 

Operating under influence of liquor 13 

Operating uninsured motor vehicle . 2 

Operating unregistered motor vehicle 2 

Operating with improper brakes 2 

Operating without a license 5 

Using auto without authority 2 

Xon-support of wife 4 

Receiving stolen property 1 

Stubborness 3 

Violation of probation 2 

Violation of true name law 2 

Recapitulation 

Crimes against the person 6 

Crimes against propert}^ 35 

Crimes against public order 101 

Summonses served for other police departments 219 

Disposition of Cases 

Appealed 3 

Committed to Danvers State Hospital 1 

Defaulted 2 

Committed to House of Correction 9 

Dismissed 4 

Filed 30 

Filed on payment of costs 1 

Fined 23 

For other departments 18 

Found not guilty 7 

Held for Grand Jury 15 

Placed on probation . 17 

Released 12 



Classification of Arrests by Months 

Xon- 





Male 


Female 


Juvenile 


Residents 


Residents 


January 


7 





1 


1 


7 


February 


5 


1 


3 


9 





March 


8 





2 


5 


5 


April 


11 








2 


9 


May 


1 











1 


June 


10 








2 


8 


July 


18 





9 


- 18 


9 


August 


11 





7 




13 


September 


8 





1 





9 


October 


17 








10 


7 


November 


12 





5 


5 


12 


December 


5 








3 


2 



Totals for year 113 



1 28 60 82 



1931] REPORT OF POLICE DEPARTMENT 109 



Miscellaneous Work 

Accidents reported and assistance rendered . 16 

Auto accidents reported 117 

Passengers reported injured 56 

Pedestrians reported injured 37 

Pedestrians killed 2 

Autos tagged for traffic violations 442 

Breaking and entering cases investigated 11 

Breaking, entering and larceny cases investigated 21 

Attempted breaks investigated 7 

Complaints investigated 

In regard to dogs 52 

In regard to blasting at Lynn Sand and Stone Company 40 

Miscellaneous complaints 372 

Defects in streets and sidewalks reported 32 

Disturbances quelled S8 

Dogs injured by motor vehicles 21 

Dogs killed by motor vehicles 13 

Dogs reported missing 71 

Dogs turned over to owner or dog officer 32 

Dogs shot by officers 3 

Gas leaks reported 4 

Lights burning in vacant buildings 37 

Messages delivered 45 

Missing persons located and returned to their homes 32 

Missing persons not located 1 

Xotices of intended transfer of motor vehicles filed 151 

Obstructions and dangerous places lighted up 2^ 

Police signal system 

Calls to hospital 49 

Calls to fires 74 

Miscellaneous calls 114 

Duty calls reported 19,062 

Residences temporarily unoccupied and special attention requested 74 

Sick persons assisted 14 

Stores and offices found open and secured 200 

Street excavations reported 33 

Street lamps reported defective 229 

Suicides reported 1 

Suspicious persons interviewed 76 

Transfer of second hand motor vehicles filed 247 

Water leaks reported 7 

Wires reported broken or burning IS 

Stolen Property 
Amount of property stolen in Swampscott and recovered 

by this department $1,621.50 

Amount of property stolen in Swampscott and recovered 

by other departments $60.00 

Amount of property reported stolen in Swampscott and not 

recovered $4,997.75 

Automobiles stolen in Swampscott and recovered by other - 

departments 4 

Automobiles stolen elsewhere and recovered by this depart- 
ment 11 



Crime 

I am pleased to report that the town has been free from serious 
crime this year. Fewer houses have been entered, due, in a large meas- 
ure, to the faithfulness and efficiency of every member of the depart- 
ment. 



110 



TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



Traffic 

A new traffic flashing signal was installed on Essex street, opposite 
Eastman avenue, on account of many accidents occurring at this intersec- 
tion. A right turn arrow lens was added to the traffic signal at the 
junction of Humphrey and Redington streets. This has proved to be 
of much value. 

Motor Service 

The motor equipment is in serviceable condition. The Ford sedan 
was exchanged for a new Ford touring car for motor patrol work. 

The Force 

The discipline of the department has been good. Revolver practice 
has been held regularly. A team of five men are competing in the 
Northern District Police Shooting League, which is composed of the 
following cities and towns: Melrose, Lynn, Everett, Belmont, Swamp- 
scott, and the Metropolitan police. The highest individual score was 
made by a Swampscott officer. Revolver shooting is very important 
and requires many hours of instruction and practice. 

Conclusion 

I wish to thank the town officials and citizens generally for their 
co-operation and assistance, and also to express to the members of the 
department my appreciation of their performance of duty. 

Respectfully yours, 

WALTER F. REEVES, 

Chief of Police. 



Dog Officer 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

During the year 1931, 26 complaints concerning dogs were re- 
ceived, each of which was investigated and remedied. Sixty-two dogs 
were turned over to the dog o^icer, 28 of which were restored to their 
owners, and 44, which were proven to be stray dogs, were killed. All 
owners who have neglected to license their dogs as called for in the 
public statutes have been notified and required to take out the neces- 
sary licenses. Some 552 licenses were granted and also one breeder's 
license. Under a new law persons moving to Swampscott from other 
places and bringing with them dogs which have been licensed in the 
city or town from which they came, may have a transfer granted by 
the Town Clerk without charge. There were nine of these transfers 
granted. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANK H. BRADFORD, 
Dog Officer. 



1931 



REPORT OF FIRE ENGINEERS 



111 



Board of Fire Engineers 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: The following is the report of the Board of Fire En- 
gineers and the Chief of the Fire Department for the year ending De- 
cember 31, 1931. 

Important Notice 

We would ask all persons discovering fires in buildings to ring the 
nearest box (if within reasonable distance), as it is quicker and more 
accurate than the telephone. If you think you must use the telephone 
be sure to ask for Emergency, Breakers 82. Do not simply ask for the 
Fire Department. 

Fire Alarm and Service Record 

Swampscott box alarms 64 
Swampscott telephone alarms 221 
Swampscott still alarms 9^ 
Lynn line boxes _ 14 

All other Lynn calls " 3 

Marblehead boxes 32 
Marblehead telephone calls 10 
Marblehead special calls 2 
Salem calls 1 

Total _ 356 

Under the mutual aid system Chemical 4 of Lynn responded to 
31 Swampscott calls, Engine 8 of Lynn to 19 Swampscott calls, Engine 
5 of Lynn to 1 Swampscott call, Engine 12 of Lynn to 3 Swampscott 
calls, Ladder 1 of Lynn to 6 Swampscott calls, Engine 2 of Marblehead 
to 4 Swampscott calls. Combination A of Swampscott to 32 Marblehead 
calls, Combination B of Swampscott to 2 Marblehead calls. Combination 
B of Swampscott to 13 Lynn calls, Ladder 1 of Swampscott to 14 Lynn 
calls. Combination A and D of Swampscott to 1 Salem call. 

Hose, Ladders, Chemicals used at fires 

3 inch hose laid 
2^ inch hose laid 
1^ inch hose laid 
Chemical hose laid 
Ladders used 
Chemical used 
Indian pumps used 
Drills 

Hours of duty 
Combination A answered 
Combination B answered 
Ladder 1 answered 
Combination D answered 
Service car answered 

Valuation, Losses and Insurance 

Value of buildings in which fires occured 
Damage to buildings in which fires occured 
Insurance on buildings in which fires occured 
Insurance paid on buildings in which fires occured 
Loss on buildings over insurance 
Value of contents of above buildings 
Damage to contents of above buildings 
Insurance on contents of above buildings 



2,700 ft. 
38,900 ft. 
400 ft. 
7,700 ft. 
1,616 ft. 
1,645 gals. 
406 
. 10 

234 hrs. and 8 min. 

134 calls 
121 calls 

94 calls 
107 calls 

33 calls 

$183,600.00 
$21,450.00 
$164,800.00 
$21,450.00 
None 
$95,134.00 
$21,109.37 
$67,650.00 



112 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Insurance paid on contents of above buildings $20,759.37 

Loss over insurance $350.00 

Automobile fires 14 

Dump fires 61 



There have been 224 permits issued (after inspection) for the stor- 
age of fuel oil in connection with the use of oil burners for heating and 
cooking. 

Twenty-one permits have been issued for the use of dynamite in 
blasting rock. 

Eighty-seven garage building applications have been approved and 
inspections made. 

Apparatus 

Outside of the human element the reliability of our apparatus and 
the conditions of our equipment constitute the kind of service that can 
be rendered to the town. It is our desire to maintain the highest 
possible efficiency. 

Ladder 1 at the Central Station was put into service in 1917. 
This year it has been repainted, the ladders have been thoroughly scraped 
and varnished, and a starter and booster pump installed. It is now a 
very handsome and serviceable piece of apparatus. All the work of 
scraping and varnishing the ladders and equipment was done by the 
men at the Central Station. 

Combination A at the Phillips Beach Station was put in service 
in 1911 and is in fair running condition and only the usual upkeep is 
anticipated. This is a chemical machine capable of discharging 70 gal- 
lons of liquid before recharging, and also carries 1000 feet of 2^/ inch 
hose. In view of its length of service in a community which has long 
since outgrown the ability of this apparatus to give proper protection, 
it is evident that before long more satisfactory service must be installed 
at this station. 

We feel it necessary to again call attention to Combination B, our 
major piece of apparatus. This pumper was purchased in 1913, and 
due to its length of service and consequent obsolescence, is becoming 
an unreliable unit in the department. After careful investigation and 
consideration last year by the Chief and Board, as to the advisibility 
of reconditioning the present pumper, it was concluded, after es- 
timate for the work had been secured, that not onl}- because of the 
expense involved but because it would also be practically a rebuilt or 
second hand pumper and in our opinion, as such, it would be unwise to 
longer maintain it as our principal piece of apparatus. 

With these facts before us the Board is unanimous in recommending 
that the town purchase this year a 1,000 gallon pumper, and we have 
inserted in the warrant an article for an appropriation for this purpose. 
As the turn-in value for this old piece of apparatus would be small, 
it is our intention to hold it in reserve for use as occasion requires. 
During the past year we have made only such repairs as were ab- 
solutely required on this pump owing to lack of funds. New tires must 
be put on the rear wheels at once, even if it is to be kept as a spare, 
also a certain amount of repair work should be done on the engine. 

Hose 

We have in service 400 ft. of 3 inch hose, 3,600 ft. of lYz inch hose, 
400 ft. of 1^ inch hose and 700 ft. of Chemical hose. We will require 
400 ft. of XYz inch hose and 500 ft. of 2^ inch hose this year. 

Buildings 

Both the Central and Phillips Beach .Stations will need some repair 
work done this year. 

Fire Alarm System and Underground Cable Work 

There have been 83 alarms sent out over the system this year. 
Three years ago the town started the first work of a five year plan to 
remodel and extend our Fire Alarm System to keep pace with the 



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113 



growth of the town, and to provide for future requirements. We carried 
on this work for two years, terminating the new underground cables 
at Humphrey street and Ingalls terrace. There was an interruption 
of this work in 1931, but we hope to resume the work in 1932, an out- 
line of which is as follows: 

Continuing the present underground main-line cable from Ingalls 
terrace along Humphrey street to Burrill street to New Ocean street 
and thence to Central Fire Station. At the junction of Humphrey street 
and Redington street a lateral cable will branch of¥ to provide for No. 
2 circuit and the Hadley School box. A connection will be provided 
at the Monument for a cable to lead to a new box which may be in- 
stalled at a later date at corner of Humphrey and Shore Drive. 

In connection with this work we now have a very attractive prop- 
osition from the New England Telegraph and Telephone Co., which' 
will enable us to take a more direct route with our main cable by going 
through Burrill street in a new conduit to be jointly installed by the 
Telephone Co. and the towni if no legal difficulty arises. 

When this year's w^ork, as outlined here, is completed it will finish 
the third year of our five 3'ear program of fire alarm improvement. 

We have inserted an article in the warrant asking for an appropria- 
tion for the work. 

George B. Learned 

It is with genuine sorrow and regret that we here record the death 
of our Chairman, George B. Learned, which occured on September 9, 
1931. Air, Learned served on the Board for eight years, and in his 
passing the loss of his valued counsel will be keenly felt in the adminis- 
tration of the affairs of this department. His memory will serve as an 
inspiration to us to carry on in the manner of his ideals the business 
in which we are engaged. 

We also lost by death during the year Lieut. Alphonse Levesque, 
of Combination B, a faithful and efficient officer whose loss w^as keenly 
felt. 

Remarks 

This department, co-operating with the school department and the 
officials in charge of the parochial school furnished speakers and lit- 
erature in observance of Fire Prevention week. 

Dump-fires 

We believe that the dump-fire situation has arrived at a point w^here 
the citizens should have all the facts brought to their attention as fol- 
lows: 

Number of dump-fires 61 
Time spent at dump-fires 73 hrs. 50 min. 

Hose used at dump-fires 245 ft. 

Water used at dump-fires 876,000 gallons 

Few people realize that this large quantity of water was used by 
our department on dump-fires and mostly at the State road dump. 
During the water shortage last summer when the people living near the 
High School had great difficulty in getting enough water for domestic 
us^e, we still were using great quantities of water on some of the dumps. 
We have had numerous fires started by burning paper flying about from 
the dumps. Several serious instances of this kind occured at the Walker 
road dump during the past year, where we had to work very fast laying 
water lines to save the houses in the vicinity. This danger could be 
eliminated by enclosing the dump with a wire fence. The question of 
this enormous waste of water can only be taken care of by furnishing 
some other place to burn the rubbish other than in the midst of a 
thickly settled community. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Chief of Department. Board of Fire Engineers. 

JAAfES WARNOCK, BENJ. B. BLANCHARD, 

JEFFERSON G. OWENS, Jr., 
JAMES W. BUCHANAN. 



114 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Trustees of the Public Library 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

The opening of the children's room on February 17 marks one step 
forward in the development of the library. This new room, planned 
for the use of children who have not completed the eighth grade in 
school, has been equipped wuth a good collection of fine editions of 
children's classics, several new books for ready reference, and a large 
collection of new books for general reading. 

One more member added to our staff has made more liberal rules 
possible. Children eight years of age may have cards now, and two 
books are issued on each one of these cards. In the adult department, 
each borrower may have two books of fiction on a card, with the usual 
number of non-fiction. 

A record of attendance was kept from January 13 to February 28, 
1931. This record shows that 2458 adults and 3780 students used the 
librar\'. From January 13 to February 17, the day on which the chil- 
dren's room was opened, there was an attendance of 1796 children, 
making a total attendance in the adult department of 8034. 

The Sundav attendance during the winter of 1930-1931 was as 
follow Total, "586; adults, 138; students, 256; children, 192. 

« total number of new books added to the librar}' during the 
past j^jiT is 1893, which is the largest number of accessions since the 
present building was opened. The number of books and magazines 
circulated is 66,726, an increase of 4436 over last year. 

There have been changes in the staff of the library. The comple- 
tion of their High School work made it necessary for Miss Anna Soutter 
and Miss Jean Crosby to leave us, and Miss Louise Badasarian took 
over their work in the early fall. Miss Lillian Ansley left us during 
the summer, and Miss Esther Lang was appointed to the position of 
Children's Librarian in her place. 

Gifts have been presented to the library by the following persons: 
John Albree. William Zeller of New York, Arthur Anderson, Miss 
Priscilla Yozell, the Pastor of St. John's Parish, Eldredge H. Blood. 
Miss Louise Ricker and Mrs. George Bernard. 

GUSTAVUS J. ESSELEN, JR., 
ELIHU THOMSON, 
JEAN G. ALLEN. 

Board of Trustees. 

REPORT OF LIBRARIAN 

Circulation: 

Adult fiction ' 36,268 

Adult non-fiction 7,178 
Adult periodicals 1,210 



Juvenile fiction 16,287 
Juvenile non-fiction 5,394 
Juvenile periodicals 391 



44,654 



22,072 



66,726 

New books added during the vear, 1893. 
Books in the library, January 1, 1932, 14,589. 
Fine receipts turned over to the town. $418-.72. 

LUCY M. EVELETH. 

Librarian. 



1931] REPORT OF PLAXXIXG BOARD 115 



The Planning Board 



At a special town meeting held on December 4, 1930, it was voted 
that the town establish a Planning Board as required by Section 70 of 
Chapter 41 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts. 

Under the by-law as adopted, the board consists of five members, 
chosen by ballot at the annual town meeting, members to serve, after 
the first election, for a term of three years. 

The duties of the board, under Section 3 of the By-laws of the 
town, are "to consider and advise upon municipal improvements, either 
at the request of other officials of the town, or upon its own initiative. 
It shall consider and develop a town plan, with special attention to 
main ways, land developments, zoning, play-grounds, parks, and sites 
for permanent school plants ..... It shall examine the plans for the 
exterior of any public building, monument, or similar feature and for 
the development and treatment of grounds about the same before the 
adoption thereof and may make such recommendations thereon as it 
may deem needful." 

At the annual town meeting, held on February 16, 1931, George 
M. Glidden was elected as a member of the board for a term of three 
years, Henry S. Baldwin and Ralph J. Curtis for a term of two years, 
and Herbert E. Ingalls and John R. Hurlburt for a term of one year. 

On February 19, 1931, the newly elected board held its first meet- 
ing. George M. Glidden was elected chairman and John R. Hurlburt, 
secretarv. It was voted to hold regular weekly meetings on Wednes- 
days at 8 P. M. 

Since that meeting the board has held 31 meetings. 

Reports on Articles in Warrants 

Although the board was but newly created, several articles in the 
Town Warrant demanded its immediate attention, and the board com- 
menced its work upon those articles. 

On Article 40, requesting a replacement of the tablet on the Rams- 
dell Monument, the board recommended indefinite postponement. The 
report of the board was sustained. 

On Article 41, calling for a change in the zoning by-laws of all 
the land on the easterly side of Humphrey street, between King's 
Beach and "Claney Beach, from single residence district to business 
district, the board recommended indefinite postponement. This recom- 
mendation was sustained. 

Article 51, calling for the re-zoning of a certain parcel of land on 
the easterly side of Walker road, received the support of the board. 
This article was passed by the town meeting. 

Considerable time was spent discussing sites for the proposed High 
School. Conferences were held with interested parties and with the 
School Committee. After these conferences the Planning Board recom- 
mended the Forest avenue site as being suitable for High School pur- 
poses. This site was accepted by the special town meeting on April 
27, 1931, but the action of the town meeting was later reversed by a 
referendum held on May 28, 1931. 

Several other hearings were held with interested parties regarding 
changes which they wished to have made in the existing zoning laws 
which require no report at this time. 



116 



TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



Knowlton Hearing 

The Knowlton heirs petitioned the Planning Board to grant them 
a hearing for the purpose of having their propert}' re-zoned so that it 
would be possible to erect a first-class apartment hotel. The hearing 
was held on July 29, 1931. 

The proponents of the proposition outlined their case and presented 
for the consideration of the board certain data, including copies of the 
Master's findings and Judge's decree in the case of "Inhabitants of the 
Towm of Swampscott versus Knowlton Arms, Incorporated." 

In a letter addressed to the board, requesting the hearing, the 
Knowlton heirs stated that the}' would produce evidence that "parties 
were at hand with plans and finances." 

At the hearing an architect's drawing was presented, showing the 
proposed structure, a fourteen story building, but there was no evidence 
presented that parties were prepared to finance this undertaking. For 
this reason the Planning Board decided that as there was nothing of a 
definite character before the town, the petition of the Knowlton heirs 
should be denied. 

At Special Town Meeting 

The article in the Warrant for the special town meeting, held on 
November 4, 1931, called for re-zoning for business purposes of the 
entire property on Humphrey street, between King's Beach and Fish- 
erman's Beach. The board recommended indefinite postponement on 
this article. The action of the board was sustained. 

Town Plan 

One of the duties of the board is to construct and develop a Town 
Plan. This is now under consideration. This Town Plan, however, is 
not something for immediate use, but should be considered as a plan 
covering the development of the town for the future. Naturally, such 
a plan must be worked out with great care and foresight, and the board 
is not as 3'et prepared to publish this plan. The board finds, however, 
that there are many things which should be done in order to enhance' 
the safety, convenience, and public welfare of the town. 

Highways 

The question of the main arteries of the town is one which must be 
given careful consideration. The board is not as yet ready to submit 
a definite plan. In the near future certain street widenings must be 
made, certain streets extended, and in some instances new roads 
laid out. 

The situation at the so-called "S" curve at the junction of Burrill 
and New Ocean streets and the State road is very bad. We have con- 
ferred with the Chief of Police about this matter, and although we 
believe that ultimatel}- this curve will have to be eliminated, for the 
present, traffic lights will help overcome the hazard which exists at 
the present time. 

Parks 

As a whole the parks are well situated and when fulh- developed, 
should serve the town adequateh-, we believe. However, the street 
known as the Greenway should be made the limit of Jackson Park, 
the land lying between the Greenway and the park to be taken by the 
town. Jackson Park could be further developed by taking the land to 
the northeast of the present boundary, commonly known as the Forty 
Acres, to provide for the possibility of a future demand for a municipal 
golf course. The board believes that the Park Commission should 



1931] REPORT OF PLAXXIXG BOARD 117 



develop some plan so as to use Jackson Park as an athletic field. The 
first step in such plan should be the erection of a fence. 

Town Hall 

The present Town Hall is inadequate in every respect. Its oftice 
arrangement makes it nearly impossible to conduct the business of the 
town efficiently. The hall where the annual meetings are held is 
insufficient in size and in our opinion is a decided fire risk. In the near 
future this building must be replaced. 

Police Station 

The Police Station consists of a former residential building which 
has served the town long and well but is inadequate to fill the present 
needs. This building likewise must be replaced in the near future. 

Central Fire Station 

This house was built some 40 years ago. It has no cellar, the 
heating apparatus being located in a lean-to attached to the east side 
of the building. This house has been enlarged and remodeled several 
times since its erection, but it still requires quite an amount of money 
each year to keep it in reasonable condition. The sleeping quarters 
of the men are very poorly arranged and the floor space inadequate to 
properly house the apparatus. 

In looking into the future we realize that before long dift"erent 
quarters must be provided which should set farther back from the 
street so that fire apparatus could come out with greater safety and 
with less danger from traffic. 

It also should include fire-proof rooms for the fire-alarm apparatus, 
as the town has outgrown the present fire-alarm headquarters. 

These requirements might be secured by the erection of a new 
station on the present site with the taking of some additional land, or 
a new Central Station and Fire Alarm Headquarters could be erected 
on a less travelled street with larger lot adjacent to other municipal 
buildings. 

Phillips Beach Fire Station 

The Phillips Beach Fire Station is very well located and its grounds 
are one of the beauty spots of the town in the summer season. This 
building will probably be adequate for the needs of this section for 
some time. 

Town Stables 

The Town Stables are in excellent condition, having been built but 
recently. There is sufficient space surrounding them for all present 
needs. The manner in which the grounds are kept speaks well for the 
care and attention given them by the Surveyor of Highwaj^s. 

Pumping Station 

The Pumping Station was remodelled in 1918 and is serviceable 
for many years to come. 

Schools 

From information which we are able to obtain, we believe that the 
elementary schools are in good condition and should be sufficient for 
some time. The present High School is undoubted!}' inadequate, unsafe 
and unsanitary, and the voters of the town should give serious con- 
sideration to the erection of a new High School as soon as the finances 
of the town will permit such expenditure. In the opinion of the board 
it would be a waste of money to attempt to remodel the present 
building. 



118 



TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



Resources of the Town and Possibilities of Development 

Swampscott is primarily a residential town. It has no resources 
which would tend to cause its development industrially. On the other 
hand, it is admirably located and has resources, such as its splendid 
beaches, that would materially assist in developing the town further 
as a residential community. 

The possibilities of future development should lie along the lines 
of single famil}' dwellings. If developed in this way, there is no reason 
why the town should not become one of the foremost residential spots 
wnthin the State. On the other hand, should industries and business 
be allowed to creep in, the town would soon lose all that it has gained 
in the past and soon deteriorate and become simply another place to 
live. 

Conditions Injurious to Health 

There are at the present time certain conditions which exist in the 
town which are injurious to the health of the inhabitants and should 
be corrected. Certain low lands exist where drainage water accumu- 
lates, forming breeding places for mosquitoes and other pests. In co- 
operation with the State Department of Mosquito Control, these places 
should be drained in order to eliminate this nuisance. 

The dumps of the town should receive more care and consideration. 
While perhaps necessary for the present, these could be maintained in 
better condition by having all loose waste material and paper covered 
over with gravel, thus eliminating the neglected appearance and eradi- 
cating the fire nuisance. It is true that this process might cost more, 
but the benefits received would far out-weigh an}- cost involved. Per- 
haps an incinerator might be the ultimate solution of this problem. 

The business of the Lynn Sand and Stone Company has developed 
conditions which are detrimental to the health, comfort and welfare of 
the residents of the town. The heavy blasts which are felt through the 
town, causing damage to property, should be reduced. While no 
legitimate business should be unduly handicapped, at the same time 
such business should be conducted with due and proper regard for the 
safety, health and comfort of the residents of the town. This should 
be readil}' accomplished by the co-operation of the company- to eliminate 
the damage to property and to eliminate the serious nuisance caused 
by the dust and smoke penetrating into the interior of homes in that 
vicinity. The company should give serious consideration to this condi- 
tion of af?airs and bring about the required relief. 

Proper Housing 

Sw^ampscott at the present time is confronted with a serious 
housing problem — the Swampscott Highlands section. Persons were 
apparently misled into purchasing homes in this vicinity where it is 
practically impossible to furnish them with the necessary conveniences 
of life such as water and sewerage. Many schemes have been tried and 
much thought given to the predicament in which these people find 
themselves. 

The suggestion of this board is that as soon as the finances of the 
town will permit, the town give serious consideration to taking this 
entire section by eminent domain for park purposes. The cost of this 
would be about $50,000, which in the long run would prove to be an 
excellent investment for the town. 

Land Development 

The board desires to call to the attention of all persons interested 
in land development in Swampscott that they first consult with the 
Planning Board before proceeding with their development plans. This 
w'ould benefit the developer and likewise the town and insure a har- 
monious development. It would also eliminate possible conflict with 



1931] 



REPORT OF PLANNING BOARD 



119 



the building and zoning laws with attendant unfortunate consequences. 

While the Planning Board has under consideration several plans 
which it feels will be of ultimate benefit to the town and which should 
be adopted and carried forward eventually, yet in the judgment of this 
board this is not the time, for embarking upon such expenditure when 
everybody is watching the tax rate with apprehension. The town can 
without undue hardship get along with conditions as they are for a 
short time in the hope that financial conditions will improve. The 
present requirement is for strict economy based upon what the tax- 
payer is reasonably willing and able to pay. 

The present financial situation is wide spread and seriously affects 
not only the town, but the State, the nation and even the whole business 
world. It is persisting with unexpected stubbornness and challenges 
the efforts of all citizens until a marked improvement takes place. That 
desired improvement will be reached sooner if present economy is 
observed. 

Signed. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEN, Chairman. 
JOHN R. HURLBURT, Secretary. 
HENRY S. BALDWIN. 
RALPH J. CURTIS. 
HERBERT E. INGALLS. 



120 TOWN DOCUMENTS f Dec. 31 



Collector of Taxes 






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Town of Swamrmrott 




1931 




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Overlay 


4,500.00 


Poll tax 


6,294.00 


Poll tax (supplementary) 


56.00 


Old Age assistance tax 


3,163.00 


Old Age assistance tax (Supplementary) 


28.00 


Special warrant (vessel) 


70.67 


Interest on taxes at 6 per cent, from October 15. 1931, 




to January 1, 1932 


223.44 


Sewer assessment (Supplementary) 


277.18 


Tax (Supplementary) 


232.69 





$628,961.09 


Cr. 




Cash paid on moth tax 


$2,176.50 


Cash paid on sidewalk assessment 


882.53 


Cash paid on sewer assessment 


6.535.90 


Cash paid on poll taxes 


6.096.00 


Cash paid on Old Age assistance tax 


3,129.00 


Cash paid on taxes 


478.793.51 


Cash paid on special warrant (vessel) 


70.67 


Cash paid on interest on taxes from Oct. 15, 1930, 




to January 1, 1932 


223.44 


Abatement on poll taxes 


134.00 


Abatement on sewer assessment 


.85 


Abatement on taxes 


2,397.95 


Uncollected moth taxes 


444.00 


Uncollected sidewalk assessment 


899.73 


Uncollected sewer assessment 


3.810.3^) 


Uncollected poll taxes 


120.00 


Uncollected Old Age assistance tax 


62.00 


Uncollected taxes 


123.184.62 



$628,961.09 



1931] 



REPORT OF COLLECTOR OF TAXES 



121 



Excise tax warrant No. 
Excise tax warrant No. 
Excise tax warrant No. 
Excise tax warrant No. 
Excise tax warrant No. 
Interest on taxes 



Motor Vehicle Excise Tax— 1931 
Dr. 

1 
2 
3 
4 
5 



$25,151.65 
8,299.73 
3,432.19 
979.24 
352.70 
87.69 



$38,303.20 



Cash paid on excise taxes 
Abatements 
Interest on taxes 
Uncollected excise taxes 



Cr. 



$35,649.70 
1,326.29 
87.69 
1.239.52 



Water rates 
Cash paid 



Water 1928 
Dr. 

Cr. 



$14.93 



$38,303.20 



$14.93 



Water rates 

Cash paid 

Abatements 

Uncollected 



Water 1929 
Dr. 

Cr. 



$329.20 
1.78 
121.31 



$452.29 



Water rates 

Cash paid 

Abatements 

Uncollected 



Water 1930 
Dr. 

Cr. 



$9,614.54 
101.73 
418.29 



$10,134.56 



Water rates 

Cash paid 

Abatements 

Uncollected 



Water 1931 
Dr. 

Cr. 



54,132.69 
52.95 
11,392.01 



$65,577.65 



Water service 

Cash paid 
Abatements 



Water Service 1928 
Dr. 

Cr. 



$82.55 
1.72 



$84.27 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



Water service 

Cash paid 
Uncollected 



Water service 

Cash paid 

Abatements 

Uncollected 



Water Service 1929 
Dr. 

Cr. 



Water Service 1930 
Dr. 



Cr. 



$43.55 
20.62 



$2,466.33 
1.98 

151.39 



$64.17 



$2,619.70 



Water service 

Cash paid 

Abatements 

Uncollected 



Water Service 1931 
Dr. 

Cr. 



$6,048.24 
10.84 
1,102.59 



$7,161.67 



Miscellaneous, Rents 
Cash paid 

Miscellaneous, Rents 
Cash paid 

Miscellaneous, Rents 
Uncollected 

Miscellaneous, Rents 

Cash paid 

Abatements 

Uncollected 

Miscellaneous, Rents 

Cash paid 
Uncollected 



Miscellaneous, Rents 1927 
Dr. 

Cr. 



Miscellaneous, Rents 1928 
Dr. 

Cr. 



Miscellaneous, Rents 1929 
Dr. 

Cr. 



Miscellaneous, Rents 1930 
Dr. 

Cr. 



Miscellaneous, Rents 1931 
Dr. 

Cr. 



$4.87 



$1.61 



S59.58 



$132.49 
5,55 
139.02 



$583.08 
264.46 



$4.87 



$1.61 



$59.58 



S277.06 



$847.54 



Respectfullv submitted. 

RALPH D. MERRITT. 

Tax Collector. 



1931] 



REPORT OF TREASURER 



123 



Treasurer's Report 



James W. Libby, Treasurer, 

In account with the Town of Swampscott for the 
December 31, 1931. 
Balance on hand lanuarv 1. 1931 

RECEIPTS 

Tax Collector 

Commonwealth of ^lassachusetis 
Temporary Loan Xotes, issued in 
Anticipation of Revenue 

Xotes discounted at 2.09% 

Xotes discounted at 1.39% 

Xotes discounted at 5.25% 



SIOO.000.00 
100,000.00 
100.000.00 



Bonds and Xotes, Issued and Sold 
Sewerage Loan Xotes, 1931. at 4% 
Premium at 104.79 

County of Essex 

Dog Tax Refund 
Trust Funds, Income 

Perpetual care of Cemeterv 

Phillips Medal Fund 

Joanna Morse Library Fund 

Mary L. Thomson Library Fund 

Ellen R. Whittle Library Fund 

Miscellaneous 

Interest on Treasurer's Deposits 
Total Receipts 

Less: 

Treasury Warrants, honored and paid numbered 
from 1 to 5,164 

Balance, December 31. 1931 

Bonds and Notes Payable 

Issued Inside Debt Limit 
School Loans 

Machon School Building Loan 1920 (534 7c) 



S50.000.00 
2.395.00 



$30.00 
42.67 

263.03 
50.63 

101.25 



\ear ended 

8132,131.45 

743,347.45 
102.628.92 



300,000.00 

52.395.00 
757.1-1 



487.58 
180.26 
2.028.84 



$1,333,956.64 

1.202,388.52 
$131,568.12 



Palmer School Loan. 1922 
Schoolhouse Loan. 1925 
High School Addition Loan. 1915 
Hadley Scliool Land Loan. 1913 
Schoolhouse Loam 1929 

Total Schoolhouse debt outstanding 
Sewer Loans 



(4^4%) 
(4^4%) 
(4%) 
(4K'%) 



Sewerage Loan, 
Sewerage Loan, 
Sewerage Loan. 
Sewerage Loan. 
Sewerage Loan. 
Sewerage Loan. 



1917 
1926 
1928 
1929 
1930 
1931 



(4^4%) 

(4%) 

(4%) 

(4^%) 

(4%) 

(4%) 



$54,000.00 
10.000.00 
57.000.00 
8.000.00 
1.000.00 
97.000.00 



$5,000.00 
12.000.00 
22.000.00 
86.000.00 
69.000.00 
50.000.00 



$227,000.00 



Total Sewer Loans outstanding, 
issued inside debt limit 



$244,000.00 



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Street Loans 

Humphrey Street Loan, 1914 (4%) $7,500.00 
Essex Street Concrete Pavement 

Loan, 1925 (4%) 7,000.00 

Street Loan, 1929 (4^%) 15,000.00 

Street Loan, 1930 (4%) 12,000.00 



Total Street Loans outstanding $41,500.00 
Miscellaneous Loans 

Public Park and Town Hall 

Loan. 1913 (4^%) $1,000.00 

Essex Street Park Loan, 1912 (4%) 2,000.00 

Stable and Vault Loan, 1929 (4^%) 19.000.00 



Total Miscellaneous Loans outstanding $22,000.00 

Total Loans outstanding, issued inside 

debt limit $534,500.00 
Issued outside Debt Limit 

Essex County Tuberculosis Hospital Loan, 1925 (4%) $39,000.00 
Water Loans 

April 1, 1909 5th Issue Acts of 1909 (3>^%) $24,000.00 

May 1. 1917 14th Issue Acts of 1912 (4^^%) 1,500.00 

July 1, 1920 17th Issue Acts of 1916 (5y^%) 14,000.00 
August 1, 1922 18th Issue Acts of 

1916 (454%) 7,000.00 
October 1, 1922 19th Issue Acts of 

1916 (4^^%) 2,500.00 
August 1, 1923 21st Issue Acts of 

1923 (4^%) 7,000.00 
October 1, 1924 22nd Issue Acts of 

1923 (4%) 5,000.00 
November 1, 1927 23rd Issue Acts of 

1923 (4%) 2.000.00 



Total Water Loan Bonds and 

Notes outstanding $63,000.00 
Sewer Loans 

September 1, 1902 Series A-B-C-D 

Acts of 1902 (3^%) $50,600.00 

May 1, 1912 Acts of 1903 (4%) 3,250.00 

October 1, 1914 Acts of 1913 (4^%) 3,000.00 

Mav 1, 1915 Acts of 1913 (4%) 8,000.00 

May 1, 1916 Acts of 1913 (4%) 7,000.00 

November 1, 1916 Acts of 1913 (4%) 1,500.00 

November 1, 1920 Acts of 1920 (5%) 2,000.00 

August 1. 1921 Acts of 1920 (5%) 22,000.00 

August 1, 1922 Acts of 1920 (4i/4%) 10,500.00 

August 1. 1923 Acts of 1920 (4%%) 1,000.00 

October 1, 1924 Acts of 1920 (4%) 10.000.00 



Total Sewer Loan Bonds and Notes 

Outstanding issued Outside Debt Limit $118,850.00 

Liabilities 

General Debt Bonds and Notes Payable, 
Issued Inside Debt Limit 

Due in 1932 $48,200.00 

Due in 1933 46,200.00 

Due in 1934 44,200.00 

Due in 1935 31,700.00 

Due in 1936 28,700.00 



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125 



Due in 1937 

Due in 1938 

Due in 1939 

Due in 1940 

Due in 1941 

Due in 1942 

Due in 1943 

Due in 1944 

Due in 1945 

Due in 1946 

Due in 1947 

Due in 1948 

Due in 1949 

Due in 1950 

Due in 1951 

Due in 1952 

Due in 1953 

Due in 1954 

Due in 1955 

Due in 1956 

Due in 1957 

Due in 1958 

Due in 1959 



Issued Outside Debt Limit 

Due in 1932 

Due in 1933 

Due in 1934 

Due in 1935 

Due in 1936 

Due in 1937 

Due in 1938 

Due in 1939 

Due in 1940 

Due in 1941 

Due in 1942 

Due in 1943 

Due in 1944 



Sewer Loans. Issued Outside Debt Limit 



Due 


in 


1932 


Due 


in 


1933 


Due 


in 


1934 


Due 


in 


1935 


Due 


in 


1936 


Due 


in 


1937 


Due 


in 


1938 


Due 


in 


1939 


Due 


in 


1940 


Due 


in 


1941 


Due 


in 


1942 


Due 


in 


1943 


Due 


in 


1944 


Due 


in 


1945 


Due 


in 


1946 


Due 


in 


1947 


Due 


in 


1948 


Due 


in 


1949 


Due 


in 


1950 


Due 


in 


1951 


Due 


in 


1952 



28,700.00 
28,700.00 
27,700.00 
27,700.00 
21,700.00 
20,000.00 
20,000.00 
19,000.00 
19,000.00 
15,000.00 
15,000.00 
15,000.00 
15,000.00 

9,000.00 

9,000.00 

9,000.00 

9,000.00 

8,000.00 

5.000.00 

5;000.00 

3,000.00 

3,000.00 

3,000.00 
$534,500.00 

$3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
3,000.00 
$39,000.00 

$13,850.00 
12,850.00 
10,850.00 

9,350.00 

9,350.00 

9,350.00 

9,350.00 

8,350.00 

7,350.00 

7,350.00 

6,350.00 

1,750.00 

1,750.00 

1,500.00 

1,500.00 

1,500.00 

1,500.00 

1,500.00 

1,500.00 

1,500.00 
500.00 

$118,850.00 



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[Dec. 31 



Water Loans. Issued Outside Debt Limit 




Due in 1932 


$8,000.00 


Due in 1933 


8,000.00 


Due in 1934 


8,000.00 


Due in 1935 


7,500.00 


Due in 1936 


7,000.00 


Due in 1937 


5,500.00 


Due in 1938 


5,500.00 


Due in 1939 


4,500.00 


jjue in ly^u 


1 Zf\fi HA 

i,OUU. uu 


Due in 1941 


1,500.00 


Due in 1942 


1,500.00 


Due in 1943 


1,500.00 


Due in 1944 


1,500.00 


Due in 1945 


1,500.00 



$63,000.00 

Temporary Loan Notes 

Issued in Anticipation of Revenue 

No. Date Payable at Rate When Payable Amount 

514 Dec. 18, 1931 1st Nat'I Bank, Boston 5.25% June 15, 1932 $100,000.00 



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[Dec. 31 



Town Debt December 31, 1931 

General Debt Bonds and Notes 

Inside Debt Limit Issues S534,500.00 

Outside Debt Limit Issues 39,000.00 

Sewer Loan Bonds and Notes 118,850.00 

Water Loan Bonds and Notes 63,000.00 



Total Debt $755,350.00 

General Debt Statement Indicating Borrowing Capacity 

as of December 31, 1931 

Valuation 1929, less abatements $24,004,973.00 
Valuation 1930, less abatements 24,562,567.00 
Valuation 1931, less abatements 24,808,242.00 



Gross three years' valuation $73,375,782.00 

Average valuation ' ^ $24,458,594.00 

Three per cent, of average valuation $733,757.82 
Less : 

Bonds and Notes issued within the debt limit $534,500.00 



Borrowing Capacity $199,257.82 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES W. LIBBY, 

Town Treasurer. 



1931] 



REPORT OF TRUST FUNDS 



129 



Trust Funds 

Joanna Morse Library Fund 

Balance, January 1, 1931 
Principal $5,196.00 
Income accrued, 1931 263.03 

$5,459.03 

Less withdrawals 263.03 

Balance, December 31, 1931 $5,196.00 
Ellen R. Whittle Library Fund 

Principal, January 1, 1931 $2,000.00 
Income, accrued, 1931 101.25 

$2,101.25 

Less withdrawals 101.25 

Balance, December 31, 1931 $2,000.00 
Mary L. Thomson Library Fund 

Balance, January 1, 1931 

Principal - $1,000.00 

Income accrued, 1931 50.63 

$1,050.63 

Less withdrawals 50.63 



Balance, December 31, 1931 $1,000.00 
Fund for Perpetual Care of Cemetery Lots 

Balance, January 1, 1931 $23,310.89 

Deposits 3,282.50 

$26,593.39 

Dividends, 1931 958.02 

$27,551.41 

Less withdrawals 30.00 

Balance, December 31, 1931 $27,521.41 
Municipal Insurance Fund 

Balance. January 1, 1931 $6,436.90 

Dividends, 1931 325.83 

Balance, December 31, 1931 $6,762.73 
Phillips School Medal Fund 
Balance. January 1, 1931 

Principal $1,000.00 

Income accrued 1,445.84 

$2,445.84 

Dividends, 1931 121.32 

$2,567.16 

Less withdrawals for medals 42.67 

Balance, December 31, 1931 $2,524.49 
High School Alumni Fund (see note) 

Balance, January 1, 1931 $4,007.00 

Dividends, 1931 206.78 

Total $4,213.78 



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[Dec. 31 



Less 



Withdrawal, payment made on account 
of Scholarship awarded by Executive 
Committee of High School Alumni 
Association 



100.00 



Balance, December 31, 1931 



$4,113.78 



NOTEi — This is not a town of Swampscott trust fund as defined by 
Chapter 282 of the General Acts of 1915, but is held by the Town 
Treasurer as Trustee for the Swampscott High School Alumni. It 
is included in this report in order that the members of the High School 
Alumni may be kept informed of its existence. 



Respectfully submitted, 



JAMES W. LIBBY. 

Town Treasurer. 



Treasurer of Trust Funds and Custodian of 
all funds and securities, as provided for bv 
Chapter 282 of the General Acts of 1915. 



1931] 



REPORT OF BUILDIXG INSPECTOR 



131 



Building Inspector 



following report for the year 



Permits 
Issued 



Estimated 
Cost 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the 
ending December 31, 1931: 



Dwellings : 
New 

Alterations and additions 
Private Garages: 
New 

Alterations and additions 
Business Buildings: 

Filling station 

Mixing plant 

Alterations 
Town Buildings: 

Library alterations 
Miscellaneous : 

Clubhouse alterations 

Heater room 

Brooder house 

Greenhouse 

Tool shed 

Storeroom 

Pump house 

Building permits 
Permits to shingle 

Total 

Number inspections (buildings) 
Number inspections (shingling) 

Total 

Amount of building fees collected 

Elevator operators' licenses issued: 
New 
Renewal 

Total 



All hotels and elevators have been inspected and returns made to 
the State. Several complaints of violations of the building laws have 
been investigated and in practically all cases adjustments made. 

Edwin A. Fuller, 85 Bond street, and William H. Sutherland, 10 
Bond street, and the Building Inspector were appointed a sub-committee 
to revise the Building By-Laws and submit such revisions as they 
deemed necessary to the Committee on the Revision of the By-Laws 
of the town. This was done. 







36 


34,675.00 


51 






1,920.00 


1 


2,000.00 


1 


5,000.00 




<i,OUU.UU 




1 Ann (\c\ 






2 


115.00 


i 


25.00 


1 


800.00 




OJ.UU 


1 


300.00 




200.00 


136 




80 




216 


$300,635.00 




326 




80 




406 




$161.00 


No. 


Fees 


8 


$8.00 


2 


1.00 


10 


$9.00 



Respectfully submitted, 



FRANK L. BURK, 
Building Inspector. 



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[Dec. 31 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit my report from January 1, 1931, 
to December 31, 1931. 



This department tested, sealed or condemned all the various meas- 
uring devices and made records thereof, the summary of which is a.- 
folio w^s : 









X on- 


Con- 




Adjusted 


Sealed 


Sealed 


demned 


Platform scales over 5000 lbs. 


3 


4 








Platform scales under 5000 lbs. 


16 


19 








Counter scales under 100 lbs. 


8 


44 








Beam scales 100 lbs. or over 





2 








Spring scales 100 lbs. or over 


1 


6 








Spring scales under 100 lbs. 


13 


40 





1 


Computing scales 100 lbs. or over 





1 








Computing scales under 100 lbs. 


7 


30 








Personal weighing scales 


1 


6 





1 


Prescription scales 


4 


4 





u 


Avoirdupois weights 


20 


196 


n 
u 


n 
u 


Apothecary weights 





75 


u 


-? 


Metric weights 





32 








Liquid measures 





52 


n 
u 





Dry measures 





9 








Gasoline pumps 


23 


52 


2 




5 


Gasoline meters 


8 


10 


n 
u 





Oil meters 





2 








Quantity stops on pumps 


82 


232 


A 

u 


A 
W 


Vehicle tanks 





21 








Yard sticks 





1 








Total 


186 


838 


3 


11 


Trial 


Weighing 










Number N 


umber 








Tested Correct 


Under 


Over 


Bread 


68 


68 








Butter 


105 


105 








Coal in bags 


30 


29 





1 


Coal in transit 


3 








3 


Confectionery 


136 


136 








Dry commodities 


123 


121 


2 





Flour 


93 


91 


2 





Fruits and vegetables 


170 


139 


1 


30 


Ice 


4 





1 


3 


Meats and provisions 


58 


58 


















Total 


I90 


"747 


6 


"I7 



1931] SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND AlEASURES 133 



Inspections and Tests 

Clinical thermometers 106 

Coal certificates 10" 

Ice scales 7 

Bread 136 

Milk jars ' 274 

Pedlars' licenses 11 

Pedlars' scales 4 

Transient vendors 1 

Berry boxes 246 

Oil trucks 12 

Oil jars 24 

Gasoline devices 19 

]^Iiscellaneous 711 



Total 1589 



This department investigated all the complaints received and same 
were satisfactorily adjusted. 

I wish to thank all those who helped and assisted me in the per- 
formance of my duty as sealer, also to express my appreciation for 

the co-operation received from the Lynn Sealers' Department. 



Respectfully submitted, 

C. WALTER BURRILL, 
Sealer of Weights and Measures. 



134 



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( Dec. 31 



Board of Public Welfare 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

The Board of Public Welfare submits herewith its report for the 
year ending December 31, 1931: 

For the first time in the history of the board a permanent office has 
been established in the Town Hall, thus enabhng all applicants for aid 
and relief to transact their business efficiently and promptly. 

A new and up-to-date system of keeping accounts, records and 
other information pertaining to the work of the board has also been 
installed during the year. 

All applications for aid and relief have been thoroughly investigated 
and aid and assistance given where warranted. 

In order to comply with the provisions of Chapter 118A of the 
General Laws, and amendments thereto, it was necessary to estabhsh 
a Bureau of Old Age Assistance for the transaction of all business 
coming within the meaning of this law. The installation of a separate 
system of accounts and records in connection with this work was also 
necessary. 

The board wishes to express its appreciation and thanks to the 
members of other boards and departments and to the local Welfare 
Committee and other organizations for their assistance and co-operation 
during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARRY E. CAHOON, 
HULBERT C. GRIFFIN, 
CLARENCE W. HORTON, 

Board of Public Welfare. 

SECRETARY OF BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

To the Board of Public Welfare: 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the following report for the year 



ending December 31, 1931: 

Summary of Temporary Relief 

Families aided during the year 41 

Families aided by other cities and towns 19 

Families aided at present time 15 

Families with settlements in Swampscott 28 

Families with settlements elsewhere in State 9 

Families aided at expense of State 4 

Persons supported in State Hospitals 5 

Persons supported in Salem Home 2 

Summary of Old Age Assistance 

Number of applications received 17 

Number granted relief and support 3 

Number unable to prove age 3 

Number not residing in state twent}^ consecutive 3'ears 1 

Number having sufficient resources 2 

Number having children able to support them 5 

Number withdrawn when complete information was requested.... 3 

Financial Report 

Appropriation $20,000.00 

Amount expended for temporary relief 13,433.61 

Amount expended for old age assistance 333.44 

Amount reimbursed by State 2,053.91 

Amount reimbursed by cities and towns 3,323.49 

Amount due from State 2,395.77 

Amount due from other cities and towns 225.19 

Respectfully submitted. 



CLARENCE W. HORTON, 

Secretary. 



1931] REPORT OF TOWN ENGINEER 135 



Town Engineer 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: — Herewith I submit my nineteenth annual report of 
the service rendered by the Engineering Department for the various 
departments for the year ending December 31, 1931. 

The Engineering Department has had charge of the following lines 
of work: The designing and superintending the construction of all 
drains and sewers; resurfacing of all streets built by contract, together 
with the specifications and estimates for the same; the establishing of 
street lines and grades for curbing and granolithic sidewalks; all data 
and plans relating to the laying out of private ways for acceptance 
as public streets; and all engineering questions which come before the 
boards of the several departments. 

Sewers and Drains 

The sewer sj'^stem of the town has been extended for a distance 
of 8,523 feet at a cost of $40,621.03. Within this sewered area is an 
assessable property frontage of 13,158 feet, on which data the Water 
and Sewerage Commissioners fixed the rate of $1.54 per foot. 

Particular sewers were laid in the various sections amounting to 
$3,960.80. 

At date the greater portion of the town has been sewered except 
undeveloped areas, which will no doubt remain as such for some time 
to come. At the present time there is only one complete pumping unit, 
and if at a flood time, a break down should happen to any one of the 
separate units, one can realize the large amount of damage that would 
be caused by the backing up of sewage in the low sections, as there is 
no way to by-pass the flow of sewage to the ocean. Therefore the 
town should install at once an auxiliary set of pumps which would 
take care of any crisis as stated above. 

The surface water brook which drains the low land between Pur- 
itan road and Humphrey street, east of Phillips Park, has been enclosed 
in a 30 inch concrete pipe culvert, 1,002 feet long at a cost of $5,485.75. 

This will improve the unsanitary conditions which existed within 
this area, although the open ditch across Phillips Park is obstructed 
by swamp undergrowth. 

A 36 inch concrete pipe culvert enclosed a brook at the end of At- 
lantic road costing $665.41. 

The outfall of Hawthorne Brook at Beach Bluf¥ which was des- 
troyed by the storm last spring was replaced by a 4'x5' plank culvert 
of very heavy construction at a cost of $4,390.85. 

Continuous Sidewalks 

Lines and grades have been given on the streets, as designated by 
the Board of Selectmen, for the laying of 1,507 lin. feet of curbstones, 
640 sq. yards of granolithic sidewalks and 1,500 sq. feet of parking. 

Resurfacing Roadways 

The following streets have been resurfaced with a permanent pave- 
ment, constructed under the Massachusetts Highway specifications: — 
Phillips avenue and Chatman avenue, with a total yardage of 3,953, 
costing $6,265.73. 

The town should adopt a definite construction plan for the many 
streets that require a permanent pavement, as such streets require very 



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[Dec. 31 



little maintenance. The old gravel streets require a large upkeep each 
year without the town making any headwa}^ towards permanent con- 
structed roads. 

Assessors' Department 

The 3^early routine work necessary to bring the plans and card 
index up to date has been completed. 

Selectmen's Department 

Data and estimates have been furnished for this department and 
plans submitted for their approval. 

At the request of property owners, street lines and grades -have 
been given for the grading of lawns, building walls, etc. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WALLACE W. PRATT, 

Town Engineer. 



1931] REPORT OF THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS 137 



The Board of Assessors 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

The Board of Assessors submit the following report for the year 
1931. The property in the town assessed by the local assessors April 
1, 1931, amounted to $23,691,897, an increase over the previous vear 
(1930) of $439,242.00- 

The real estate valuation April 1, 1931 was $22,523,651, an increase 
over the previous year (1930) of $284,199. The valuation of personal 
estate assessed by the local assessors April 1, 1931 was $1,168,246, an 
increase over the previous year (1930) of $155,043. 

There was charged on the excise tax on automobiles for the year 
1931, $38,215.51; the valuation of the same, $1,306,232, a decrease of 
charges over the previous year (1930) of $5,854.10. 

The following tables show how the assessors arrived at the tax 
rate: 

Liabilities, Town of Swampscott, 1931 



Town appropriations to be raised by taxation and receipts $691,772,67 

Town appropriations, transfers 30,803.95 

Town appropriations, bonds 50,000.00 

Water appropriations to be raised by water receipts 66,437.67 

State tax 24,975.00 

State enterprises 21,891.41 

County tax 40,856.68 

Old Age assistance 3,163.00 

Overdraft for 1930 11,082.60 

Overlay for the abatement of taxes, 1931 4,500.00 



Total Liabilities $945,482.98 

Assets, Town of Swampscott, 1931 

Poll taxes $6,294.00 

Property valuation $23,691,897. ($25.50 per $1,000) 604,143.39 

Estimated receipts 232,371.48 

Transfer from excess and deficiency 10,000.00 

Transfers 30,803.95 

Bonds • 50,000.00 

Old Age assistance 3,163.00 

Gasoline tax 8,707.16 



Total Assets $945,482.98 

Assessors' Property Report 

Valuation of the town of Swampscott April 1, 1931. Table of 
aggregate of polls, property and taxes as assessed April 1, 1931: 
Number of persons, partnerships, corporations assessed 

on property 2,942 

Number of male polls assessed 3,147 

Value of assessed personal estate $1,168,246 

Value of assessed buildings, excluding land $15,444,237 

Value of assessed land, excluding buildings $7,079,414 

Total value of assessed real estate $22,523,651 

Total value of assessed estates $23,691,897 

Number of horses assessed 53 

Number of cows assessed 3 

Number of dwelling houses assessed 2,546 



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[Dec. 31 



Taxes for State, County and Town Purposes 

On personal estate $29,790.29 

On real estate 574,353.10 

On polls 6,294.00 



Total $610,437.39 
Rate of tax per $1,000 $25.50 

Revaluation 

One of the duties of the Assessors is to ascertain the fair ca.ih 
value of all the real and personal property in town subject to taxation. 
We have nothing to do with the appropriation or the raising of the 
moneys to carry on the activities of the various departments of the 
town. That Is a matter for the town meeting members and various 
other town officials. 

When the amount is determined, however, it is the duty of the 
Assessors to see that the amounts are properly levied. We, therefore, 
in common with other Assessors, have one idea in mind in consideration 
of property for taxation, and that is, the determination of that certain 
sum which will impose upon each property to be taxed the same pro- 
portion of the total tax to be raised as the value of the property itself 
bears to the total value of the town. Any sum determined without 
such consideration will impose a burden divested of the elements of 
uniformity and equality. 

The abuse of the appropriating power and the rash spending of 
money is, and has been, for a number of years, a subject for news 
editorials and papers read before assessors' and tax officials" conventions, 
the purpose being to educate the voters and bring the facts home to the 
real owners of taxable property, who in the last analysis pay the cost 
of government. Our real estate valuation as of 1930 was $22,239,452 
and our debt $714,550, exclusive of water debt, which is 3.21 per cent, 
of the valuation. The amount allowed by law is 3 per cent, and 5 per 
cent, is usually the maximum amount considered by legislative com- 
mittees. The amount of principal and interest payable upon this debt 
in 1931 was $103,080.25, being 12.8 per cent, of the total appropriation 
of the town. The amount payable due to State and County assess- 
ments was $106,614.58 being 13.3 per cent, of the total appropriation. 
Combined these equal 25 per cent. 

The success of the assessors' findings is dependable on the ma- 
chiner}^ with which it has to work. Our records compare favorably w^ith 
other towns of similar population and valuation. Our books, cards and 
maps are in excellent shape and enable one to easily ascertain whatever 
niformation is wanted. This is often commented upon by officials del- 
egated to visit and inspect our office as well as by visiting committees 
who are investigating assessing problems, as well as the engineering 
department. We feel, however, that our records relative to buildings 
are not what they should be, and last year we called this to the town's 
attention. 

Swampscott's growth during the last ten years has been on an 
accelerated scale. Due to economic conditions, we will, in all probability 
for the next few years not show the same growth. While the assessed 
value of new buildings has been placed as of the 3'ear of construction, 
we do not find the town as a whole over assessed, and are therefore 
in good condition to meet any new values without lowering the aggre- 
gate value. We do believe, however, that there is room for more equal- 
ization and last year we reported that the Assessors would with data 
on hand revalue all lands in town with the hope that it will be placed 
upon the books as of April 1st, 1932. This is now being done and the 
system used is a modification of the Cambridge system to suit our needs. 
The assessed value of the land is dependable upon its depth, taking 



1931] REPORT OF THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS 139 



into consideration district values, which are being determined and the 
purpose for which the land is being used. The effect of this new study 
will result in an increase in land values. 

The work involved in revaluation of the buildings, however, is a 
task that requires outside assistance. There are about four thousand 
buildings in town and each one will have to be properly examined, 
measured and the data placed on cards. The finance committee of last 
year did not see the value of having this work done and rendered a 
negative report, which was accepted by the town. We still think, how- 
ever, that the work should be done and this year ask for the appropria- 
tion of one thousand dollars that we might start collecting such infor- 
mation and gradually place our cards in shape so that when the whole 
work is completed, we might equalize the valuation on the buildings 
and place them all on the books at the same time. This work would be 
done under the supervision of the board of Assessors who would emplo}- 
engineering assistance to do the necessary field work. 

EDWARD A. AIAXFIELD. 
CLARENCE B. HUMPHREY, 
JOHN B. EARP, Sec, 



Board of Assessors. 



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[Dec. 31 



Statistics of the 
Town of Swampscott, 1889-1931 



ASSESSORS' VALUATION APRIL 1. 


JANUARY 1 


Real 

2 Estate 


Personal 
Property 


Total 
Valuation 


Rate 
Taxes 

per 
$1,000 


Year. 


Net 
Debt 



1931 


©OO KOO £*P^'t 


$1,168,246 


$23,691,897 


1 $25.50 


1 1932 


$534,500.00 


1930 


22,239,452 


1,013,203 


23.252,655 


1 24.00 


1 1931 


1 538,700.00 


1929 


21,592,351 


1.016,761 


22,609,112 


24.00 


1 1930 


502,600.00 


1928 


20,977,277 


1,862,029 


22,839,306 


1 24.00 


1 1929 


1 259,600.00 


1927 


20,417,314 


1,877,468 


22,294,782 


1 26.00 


1 1928 


1 296,800.00 


1926 


19,584,208 


1,648,254 


21,232,462 


28.00 


1 1927 


338,000.00 


1925 


17,870,147 


1,643,644 


19,513,791 


26.00 


1 1926 


345,200.00 


1924 


17,088,098 


1,546,498 


18,634,596 


25.00 


1 1925 


246,900.00 


1923 


16,157,425 




17 f?>U 174 


26 00 


1924 




1922 


15!32l!512 


1,414,422 


16,735,934 


25^00 


1 1923 


343,900. 00 


1921 


14,226,510 


1.391,298 


15,617,808 


1 24.00 


1 1922 


341.500.00 


1920 


14,007,916 


1,316,938 


15,324,854 


23.00 


1 1921 


344,100.00 


1919 


12,771,170 


1,179,422 


13,950.592 


20.00 


! 1920 


236,600.00 


1918 


12,619,556 


1,110,776 


13,730,332 


20.00 


1 1919 


251,750.00 


1917 


12,141,321 


1,000,682 


13,142.300 


20.00 


1 1918 


312,000.00 


1916 


11,532,432 


4,928,181 


16,460,513 


20.00 


1 1917 


330,800.00 


1915 


10,810,305 


5,028,193 


15.838.498 


17.80 


1 1916 


363,900.00 


1914 


10,508,225 


3,531,119 


14,039,344 


16.80 


1 1915 


344.100.00 


1913 


10,028,325 


3,174,590 


13,202,915 


16.40 


1 1914 


293,500.00 


1912 


9,413,525 


2,974,381 


12,387,906 


16.00 


1913 


276,600.00 


1911 


9,050,850 


2,771,167 


11,822,017 


15.00 


1912 


273,150.00 


1910 


8,489,200 


2,698,340 


11,187,540 


15.00 


1911 


194,639.00 


1909 


7.675,905 


2,450,021 


10,125,926 


16.00 


1910 


184.295.00 


1908 


7,312,165 


2,680,490 


9,992,655 


16.00 


1909 


191.295.00 


1907 


7.099,090 


2,317,468 


9,317,468 


14.50 1 


1 1908 


176,420.00 


.-.')06 


6,303,625 


2,093.820 


8.397,445 


14.50 1 


1907 


167,320.00 


I'JOo 


6,030,185 


2,117,442 


8,147,627 


14.50 1 


1906 


151,320.00 


1901 


5.489,121 


2,206.172 


7,695,293 


12.90 1 


1905 


110,020.00 


1903 


5.135,124 


1,286,981 


6,422,105 


11.50 1 


1904 


114,770.00 


1902 


4.762,665 


1,744,874 


6,507,539 


12.00 1 


1903 


75,270.00 


t901 


4,668.985 


1.598.745 1 


6.267,730 


12.00 1 


1902 


70,600.00 


1000 


4,446,900 


1,138,275 


5,585,175 


11.00 1 


1901 


♦>8,100.00 


1899 


4,200,175 


1,199,045 1 


5.399,220 


11.50 1 


1900 


<34.300.00 


1898 


4,135.582 


1.318,591 


5,454,173 


14.00 1 


1899 


59,(H>0.00 


1897 


3.997.975 


1,304,163 1 


5,302,138 


12.00 1 


1898 1 


71,000.00 


1896 


3,896,059 


1.245,245 1 


5,141,304 


12.00 1 


1897 


78.250.00 


1895 


3.756,900 


1,444,947 1 


5.201,847 1 


12.00 I 


1896 


84,500.00 


1894 


3,619,525 


1,529,675 1 


5,149,200 


11.00 1 


1895 


66.333.30 


1893 


3,439.975 


1,649,953 1 


5,989,928 


11.00 1 


1894 


71,166.66 


1802 


3,271,279 


1,504,170 ! 


4,775,449 


10.00 1 


1893 


37.499.90 


1891 


3,122,350 


1,771,373 1 


4,893.723 | 


10.00 1 


1892 


42.333.36 


1890 


3.001,550 


1,857,777 1 


4,859.327 1 


10.00 1 


1891 


48,666.66 


1889 


2,585,431 


1,453,301 1 


4,038,732 1 


S.40 1 


1890 1 


52, 500. 00 



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[Dec. 31 




1931] WATER AND SEWERAGE COMMISSIONERS 143 



Water and Sewerage Commissioners 



WATER DEPARTMENT 

To the Citizens of Swampscott : 

We submit herewith our annual report for the year ending De- 
cember 31, 1931: 

Water mains have been laid in all streets voted by the town 
excepting Duke street and Allen road which have not as yet been 
completed as required before pipes can be laid. 

Mains in several streets should be relaid in 1932, and we will place 
articles in the Warrant covering same for action by the town. 

Extension of mains (with cost) including gates and hydrants, etc.: 
Hampshire, street and Worcester avenue, 

329 ft. 6 in. C. I. pipe $1,021.25 
Commonwealth avenue 

140 ft. 6 in. C. I. pipe 265.89 

Xason road 

168 ft. 6 in. C. I. pipe 330.16 

Replacement of Main: 
State road 

315 ft. 2 in. C. I. pipe 224.43 
Ingalls terrace 

288 ft. 4 in. C. I. pipe 480.80 

Gates : 

In use. December 31, 1930 592 
Added 3 



Total December 31, 1931 595 
Hydrants : 

Total December 31, 1931 279 
Services : 

In use December 31, 1930 2,673 
Added 36 
Abandoned 4 

32 



Total in use December 31, 1931 2,705 
Meters : 

Total cost to December 31, 1930 $31,521.44 
Purchased during year, 75 971.02 



Total cost to December 31. 1931 $32,492.46 
Table of Distributing Pipe in Feet December 31, 1931 

Wrought Cast Cement 

Iron Iron Lined Kalemin Total 

ch 303 303 



VA 

2 

4 

6 

8 
10 
12 
14 



80 80 

9,190 1,468 10.658 

6,335 1,031 7.366 

114,665 1,861 116,526 

7,375 7,375 

21,800 21.800 

6,714 6,714 

3,721 3,721 



9,190 160,610 



3,712 



1,031 174,543 



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[Dec. 31 



Water Debt 

Bonds and notes incurred to December 31, 1931 $368,300.00 

Bonds and notes paid to December 31, 1931 305,300.00 

Net debt $63,000.00 

Decrease during year $8,000.00 

Bonds and notes due 1932 8,000.00 



Inventory of Property, Water Department 
December 31, 1931 

Water mains and stand pipe 
Land on Pine street 
Brick building. Pine street 
Workshop and garage 
Two auto trucks 
Office furniture 
Meters and parts 
Stock on hand 

$245,035.36 

GEORGE D. R. DURKEE, 
HAROLD ENHOLM, 
CHARLES E. HODGDOX, 

Water and Sewerage Commissioners. 



$199,642.90 
2,000.00 
2,000.00 
2.500.00 
600.00 
800.00 
32,492.46 
5,000.00 



SEWER DEPARTMENT 

All sewers authorized b}' the town have been completed and all 
houses have been connected with these sewers when laid. 

We do not beheve there is any urgent need of any sewers to be 
laid this year, and so do not recommend an}-. 
Sewer Maintenance 

Appropriation $9,475.00 

Expended 9,368.93 



Balance $106.07 

Particular Sewers 

Appropriation $500.00 

Expended 77.97 

Balance $422.03 



Construction Details 

Section "A." Contractor Menici Construction Co. 

271 lin. ft. 10 in. vit. pipe @ $1.46 $395.66 

129 lin. ft. 10 in. C. L pipe @ .89 114.81 

1683 Hn. ft. 8 in. vit. pipe (a: 1.20 2.019.60 

280 lin. ft. 5 in. vit. pipe @ .85 238.00 

589 cu. vds. rock excavation @ 4.00 2.356.00 

14 manholes @ 58.00 812.00 
Extra work: 

885^ hours labor @ _^.75 $66.38 

2 hours compressor @ 5.00 10.00 

352 cu. yds. gravel @ 1.50 528.00 

177 cu. vds. excavation @ .75 132.75 



$737.13 

Plus 15% 110.57 



847.70 



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Advertising $23.10 

Blueprints 3.00 

Inspection 470.00 

Manhole rings and covers 207.59 

Water department 318.56 

Police 11.25 

Sewer pans 16.80 

Teaming • 15.00 

$7,849.07 

Section "B" including "B" Part 2. Contractors: Falino & 
\"idetto Co., Mogavero Mernll Co. 
195 lin. ft. 12 in. vit. pipe 
271 lin. ft. 10 in. vit. pipe 
2145 lin. ft. 8 in. vit. pipe 
436 lin. ft. 5 in. vit. pipe 
1215 cu. yds. rock excavation 

26 manholes 
Extra work: 
681 hours labor 

3 hours, mason 

5 hours, truck 
38 cu. yds. loam 

6 cu. yds. screen loam 
1066 cu. yds. gravel 

4 bags cement 
Fence 



$ *.50 




$97.50 


1.00 




271.00 


1.20 




2,574.00 


.90 




392.40 


4.00 




4,860.00 


50.00 




1,300.00 


.75 


$510.75 




1.25 


3.75 




2.00 


10.00 




2.50 


95.00 




4.00 


24.00 




2.00 


2,132.00 




.75 


3.00 






5.00 





$2,783.50 



Plus 15% 417.53 

3,201.03 

575 lin. ft. 10 in. vit. pipe @ 1.60 920.00 

1967 lin ft. 8 in. vit. pipe @ 1.40 2,753.80 

998 lin. ft. 5 in. vit. pipe @ .80 798.40 

1583 cu. yds. rock excavation @ 4.55 7,202.65 

15 manholes @ 58.00 870.00 
Extra work: 

183^ hours, labor @ .75 $137.63 

17 hours, mason @ 1.25 21.25 

4 hours, truck @ 2.00 8.00 

13 hours, compressor @ 5.00 65.00 

166 cu. yds. gravel @ 2.00 332.00 

Cement, sand, brick, etc. 18.72 

1 8 in. ^ band 1.50 



$584.10 

Plus 15% 87.62 

671.72 

Advertising 34.30 

Blue prints 14.20 

Inspection 1,352.50 

Water Department 802.34 

E. C. G. Co. 4.35 
Sewer pans 53.20 
Hume Pipe Co. 13.64 

F. Prideaux 21.00 
Teaming 45.00 
J. J. H. Gregory 6.25 
Buist & Libby 2.52 
Typewriting 5.00 
Manhole rings and 7 covers 586.91 



$28,853.71 



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[Dec. 31 



Section "C." Contractor, Coi 

944 lin. ft. 8 in. vit. pipe 
413 lin. ft. 6 in. vit. pipe 
495 lin. ft. 5 in. vit. pipe 
688.5 cu. yds. rock excavation 

10 manholes 
Extra work: 
254 hours labor 
10 hours, foreman 
9 hours, carpenter 
1 hour, mason 
9 hours, truck 
4 hours, compressor 
10 tons stone dust 
400 gallons oil 
80 cu. yds. gravel 
Lumber 



Plus 15% 

Advertising- 
Blue prints 
Inspection 
Water Department 
Sewer pans 

]Manhole rings and covers 
Teaming 



Mattera Co. 



@ $1.75 $1,652.00 

@ 1.10 454.30 

@ 1.00 495.00 

@ 3.00 2,065.50 

@ 36.00 360.00 

@ .75 $190.50 

@ 1.25 12.50 

@ 1.25 11.25 

@ 1.25 1.25 

@ 2.00 18.00 

@ 5.00 25.00 

@ 2.00 20.00 

@ .09 36.00 

@ 2.00 160.00 
55.55 



$530.05 
79.51 

609.56 

14.70 
2.20 
515.00 
242.34 
14.20 
114.35 
15.00 



$6,554.15 



Section "D." Contractor: Corso Mattera Co. 



325 lin. ft. 8 in. vit. pipe @ $1.70 $552.50 

150 lin. ft. 5 in. vit. pipe @ .70 98.00 

126 cu. yds. rock excavation @ 3.35 422.10 

2 manholes @ 35.00 70.00 
Extra work: 

15 hours labor @ .75 $11.25 

4 bags cement @ .75 3.00 

5 cu. yds. gravel @ 1.00 5.00 



$19.25 

Plus 15% 2.89 

22.14 

Advertising 12.60 
Sewer pans 2.80 

Manhole rings and 7 covers 25.16 



$1,205.30 

Atlantic Road Culvert. Contractor: Mogavero-Merrill Co. 

70 lin. ft. 26 in. con. pipe @ $4.90 $343.00 

36 lin. ft. 10 in. vit. pipe @ .90 32.40 

1 manhole 60.00 

2 catch basins @ 60.00 120.00 



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Extra work: 

4 lin. ft. 15 in. vit. pipe @ 1.80 $7.20 

24 hours labor @ .75 18.00 



$25.20 

Plus 15% 3.78 

28.98 

Advertising 11.40 

Stonework 33.00 

Manhole rings and covers 36.63 



$665.41 



Muriel Road Drain. Contractor: P. J. McDermott 

1002 lin. ft. 30 in. con. pipe @ $4.20 $4,208.40 

100 lin. ft. 10 in. vit. pipe @ 1.35 135.00 

5 manholes @ 45.00 225.00 

5 catch basins @ 50.00 250.00 

Extra work: 

26 lin. ft. 24 in. con. pipe @ 3.60 $129.60 

16 lin. ft. 10 in. vit. pipe @ 1.25 20.00 

2 bags cement @ .75 1.50 

151.10 

Blacking ^ $4.50 

35 hours labor @ .75 26.25 

4 hours, mason @ 1.25 5.00 



$37.75 

Plus 15% 5.36 

41.11 

Advertising 13.30 

Blue prints 2.90 

Inspection 220.00 

Curbing 66.00 

Manhole rings and covers 129.95 

Water Department 27.99 

Teaming 15.00 



$5,485.75 



Inventory of Property, Sewer Department 
December 31, 1931 

Pumping station $17,000.00 

Pumping plant 12,500.00 

Land 5,000.00 

OfTice furniture , 350.00 

Tools and equipment 500.00 

Truck and garage 500.00 



$35,850.00 

GEORGE D. R. DURKEE, 
HAROLD G. ENHOLM, 
CHARLES E. HODGDON, 
Water and Sewerage Commissioners. 



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[Dec. 31 



Care of Brooks 



The Hawthorne Brook outfall has been completed and seems to be 
working very satisfactorily. The Muriel and Shelton road drains have 
also been completed, and relieves this section of a nuisance that has 
existed for some time and has been the cause of man}- complaints. 

Construction of Hawthorne Brook Culvert. Contractor: Frank L. Burk 
Lump sum as per contract $3,790.00 
Extra work: 



5 pieces sheeting 4x10x12 

Driving sheeting 

Labor and spikes 

52 bolts 

16 hours labor 



@ 

@ 



@ $2.60 



.50 

1.25 



13.00 
41.30 
3.00 
20.80 
20.00 



Plus 15% 



$98.10 
14.72 



Manhole rings and covers 
Vent, top 
Lumber 

Carpenter labor 



Advertising 
Blue prints 
Inspection 
Tide gates 



112.82 
10.45 
2.00 
230.00 
200.00 
9.48 
4.25 
.35 
140.65 



$4,500-00 



Emergency Sewer 



$20.67 



Carpenter labor 



GEORGE D. R. DURKEE, 
HAROLD G. ENHOLM, 
CHARLES E. HODGDON. 



1931 



REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



149 



School Committee — 1931 



15 Outlook road 
73 Fuller avenue 
5 Cliffside avenue 
78 Greenwood avenue 
82 Millett road 



George C. Thomas, Chairman 

Br. 3667 

Marion C. Miller, Secretary 

Br. 8813 

Eleanor H. Ingelfinger 

Br. 8790-R 

Harry D. Linscott 

Br. 2873 

Ralph Maxwell 

Br. 1818-M 

Regular meeting, second Wednesday of each month 
Superintendent of Schools 
Frank L. Mansur 
29 Andrew road Telephone — Br. 2193 

Office of Superintendent of Schools — Hadley School, Br. 2067 
The office of the Superintendent of Schools is open on school days 
from 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m.; Saturdays from 9:00 a. m. to 12:00 m. 

School Calendar— 1932 



Winter term begins 
Winter term closes 
Spring term begins 
Spring term closes 
Summer term opens 
Summer term closes 
High School Graduation 
Fall term begins 
Fall term closes 



Monday, January 4 
Friday, February 19 
Monday, February 29 
Friday, April 15 
Monday, April 25 
Friday, June 17 
Friday. June 17 
Wednesday, September 7 
Fridav, December 23 



Report of the School Committee 

To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

The School Committee submits herewith its annual report. 

The town of Swampscott needs better high school facilities. 

The Phillips School is neither adequate nor fit for present high 
school education. 

School Committees have been pointmg this out for a number of 
years past. The problem cannot be solved by a small expenditure of 
money. To attempt this would be wasteful. 

In our opinion it is essential for the town either to commence the 
construction of a new high school on a new site, or else to make a 
substantial addition and alteration to the present building. 

Either course will cost a considerable sum of money, which will 
affect the tax rate. No plan can be devised that may avoid this. 

Various committees of the town, covering the past three years, have 
studied the question of a new school. The School Committee this year 
has considered, obtained advice and examined plans as to alteration 
and addition of the old school. The cost of doing this would be in the 
vicinity of $300,000. The cost of a new school would be at least 
$400,000. 

If we continue the present building, remodeled and enlarged, as 
a high school, it will soon become essential to erect an additional 
elementary school in the vicinity between the Hadley School and the 



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Stanley school. Cheap land is diminishing. The Committee points 
out to the town the advisability of acquiring land in this neighborhood, 
with a view to using the same for an elementary school if not a high 
school, while real estate prices are still low. 

Interest rates on bond issues, which were low in the spring and 
early summer of 1931, have since undergone a marked advance. It is 
unfortunate that the town did not see fit to appropriate mone}- for a 
school last year. A considerable saving would have resulted. We hope 
the matter will not be further postponed until building prices also shall 
have advanced. 

It is the Committee's purpose to place in the warrant for the annual 
meeting articles covering these questions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

GEORGE C. THOMAS. Chairman, ■ 
MARION C. MILLER. 
ELEANOR H. INGELFINGER, 
HARRY D. LINSCOTT, 
RALPH MAXWELL. 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

To the Members of the School Committee: 

I submit herewith my first annual report as superintendent of the 
schools of Swampscott. 

It is superfluous to enlarge in this report upon the need of a new 
high school building. The condition of the present building has been 
laid before the town on numerous occasions, with sufificient emphasis. 
It is sincerely to be hoped that definite action for a new building may 
come with the new year. 

The heart of any school is reflected in morale. As a newcomer, but 
likewise as an observer basing judgment upon rather intimate contacts 
from the inside as well as the outside, it seems to me that our school 
is suffering in its morale from a consciousness of its own physical de- 
ficiencies, and I do not expect to find much change in that respect until 
something better is offered in the way of facilities. I find this feeling 
reflected in too little enthusiasm for school in its non-physical aspects 
on the part of the present student body, and in an apologetic attitude 
on the part of others whenever the school or school matters are men- 
tioned in public. 

That is a deadening state of mind, and it is a difficult one to offset: 
for none of our pupils ever comes in contact with a school in another 
communit}^ without having the inadequac}- of his own building staring 
him in the face.. Furthermore, there is a tendency always to fail to 
distinguish between the inadequacy of the building and what takes place 
within it, with the result that feelings toward the one become the ac- 
cepted point of view towards the other in the minds of pupils and public 
alike. All too often, indeed, pupil attitude is a reflection of public at- 
titude. 

I do not believe that an attitude of belittlement is justified, if we 
apply it to .the quality of teaching within the school. The work of the 
teachers within the classrooms is. in my judgment, above the average. 
So far as we go, we are doing work up to the best standards of the 
good comprehensive high schools. My criticism would be that we do 
not go far enough. We are not comprehensive in the accepted sense 
of. the word, for circumstances in the form of no facilities prevent us 
from providing a type of education that would be satistVing to and 
suitable for about thirt}- per cent, of our student bod}*. I refer to 
the non-academically minded pupil who does not care for. and profits 
little by, the Commercial Course, and who has no place in the College 
Preparatory Course. 



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It is expecting more than is reasonable to hope that these pupils 
will be contented with what does not interest them or with what has 
no obvious function in their lives. Their lines of thought are concrete, 
not abstract. Many of them possess skills far beyond their more 
scholastically minded companions. They can think and work in terms 
of materials and are willing to do so, but they are lethargic towards, 
and even hostile to, efforts to force on them work the use of which 
they cannot readilj- see. 

Xobody, I think, will argue that these pupils are not going to oc- 
cupy places in society. They will all have to bear their shares in civic 
relations, assume their family responsibilities, and determine the use they 
will make of their own leisure time. Unless we can hold their con- 
fidence, how can we expect to mould their thoughts in such matters? 
Leaders in later life will and do arise from such students. B}- the time 
they are ready to assume that leadership, should we not have pointed 
out what ethical leading is? Homes will be established by them. 
Should we not have guided them towards worthy home membership? 
Leisure will be available to them. Should we not have brought them 
in contact with the finer possibilities of enjoying themselves? 

Under present circumstances we are workmen without tools. We 
lack workshops and laboratories both for boys and girls, a lunchroom, 
a usable stage and auditorium, freehand and mechanical drawing rooms, 
a librar}-. and gymnasium facilities. This situation effects every pupil 
within the school. It is not an unknown situation for a school to be 
the center of much more than the intellectual activities of its pupils: 
and to have any worth while and lasting effect, it should be such. In- 
deed, this is the theory- upon which some of the best of the private 
country day schools are organized. Our school fails in this respect 
from lack of opportunity. 

Meanwhile, we argue at length on where to put a new school 
( which doesn't much matter ) instead of how quicklj- we can get it. 

Modern School Arithmetic 

The subject of arithmetic has been the focus of attention for our 
teachers during the past year. A committee of eight spent the greater 
part of the year investigating the subject and selecting a text book that 
would satisfy the requirements of our course of study and at the same 
time meet several criticisms that had been directed against it. As a 
result we are now using, from grade three upward, the "Modern School 
Arithmetic,"' a book that is recognized as one of the leading texts of the 
day. Our course of study has been modified somewhat to advance 
pupils with greater rapidity in subject matter, retaining at the same 
time the stress that had been laid on accuracy at the expense of such 
an advance. The adjustment in these respects cannot be completed 
immediately. Indeed, it may be two years before the full effect of the 
modification can be felt. 

Language Course 

For the present year we have made a start on a similar examination 
of our course in language. The present course was adopted to overcome 
an apparent neglect of the mechanics of good composition for the sake of 
the development of the imagination. It seems to be generally agreed 
among our teachers that we have gone to the other extreme and are now 
getting mechanics without sufficient thought and subject matter. After 
all, composing is not the act of putting down words on paper, but, 
rather, the inner process of organizing thought which may later be 
expressed orally or in writing. The mental process is just as essential 
as the physical, and neither should be neglected. We hope to arrive at 
a satisfactory balance, which may find expression to you in a recom- 
mendation for new texts in that subject. 



152 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 

Increased Enrollment 

An examination of the table below will indicate that there has been 

a steady increase in enrollment in the schools for the past five years. 

School Sept. 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 

High School • 316 327 323' 355 357 

Junior High School 389 389 401 412 307 

Clarke Elementary School . 246 297 272 243 249 

Hadley - 240 233 250 239 245 

Machon 204 199 193 229 238 

Stanley 142 142 185 187 195 



Totals 1,537 1,587 1,624 1,665 1,691 



Here is an increase of ten per cent, in the number of pupils in a 
comparatively short length of time. Coupled with this condition is the 
fact that no provision exists west of Pleasant street for taking care of 
additional pupils. The only place where more -pupils can be advanta- 
geously housed is at the Stanley School, where two empty classrooms 
exist; and this is exactly the location where extra rooms cannot be used 
for relief at the present time without inconvenience and transportation 
expense. 

The most difficult situation is at the Hadley School where every 
elementary grade has an excessive enrollment. We have been compelled 
to engage an assistant for this building, but an assistant is admittedly 
only a makeshift. Extra seats in any of the rooms only make for 
crowded conditions and less effective teaching opportunity, but we have 
had to resort to this expedient this year. 

While this state of affairs continues, the maintenance of an}- clear 
cut district lines is out of the question. Transfers of pupils will have 
to be made from year to year between the Clarke and Machon Schools 
and between the Hadley and Clarke* Schools. It may even be necessary 
to make adjustments that will send children temporarily to the Stanley 
School from the Hadley. It is to be hoped that parents will under- 
stand the situation and meet us half way through their willingness to 
co-operate by accepting necessary changes, even when they do not like 
them. 

It should be clearly noted that this problem is closely allied to the 
question of a new high school. As was pointed out last spring, locating 
a new high school building elsewhere will leave the present building 
for grade school expansion. Rebuilding or enlarging on the present 
site may eventually mean taking grade nine back into the High School 
organization for the sake of taking care of elementary school growth 
within the Hadley district; and with this possibility, any forward-look- 
ing scheme for enlargement ought to provide more actual clasi-roci:i 
space than a new building would. 

Financing Athletics 

Serious consideration should be given the question of financing 
High School athletics. School departments are limited by statute as 
to the purposes for which they may expend their mone}'. An attempt 
to secure a special act of the legislature permitting this school depart- 
ment to provide equipment for athletic teams has failed. The only 
income for the athletic association, therefore, is from gate receipts and 
guarantees, except for the payment for a few items which we may 
legally make. The expense of a year of sports, including football, base- 
ball, basket ball, field and ice hockey is approximately $3,000. Receipts 
amount to about $2,000, plus what the School Department may pay. 

You can readily see that the association is headed for bankruptcy 
at this rate. Either receipts must be increased, or athletic teams must 
be abandoned. The latter step would be a blow to the welfare of the 
school and of the town. 



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153 



The obvious remedy is an enclosed field where admission charges 
may be made. Conferences with the Park Commissioners indicate that 
they are favorable to such a scheme and will further it. The need is 
for immediate action, and I trust that the present school year may see 
a town field so enclosed for the benefit of the school. The benefits will 
be two-fold: (1) The association will become self-supporting, and (2) 
the money now expended by the School Department may be diverted 
to the larger aim of a general physical education program for all pupils. 

Sport Receipts 

In this connection Mr. Gray, principal of the High School, writes: 
"The receipts from football games have to pay the expenses of all 
sports, and they can not do it. During the recent football season the 
game with Marblehead on Thanksgiving Day was the only one to show 
a profit, which was $1,051. The losses on the other games were as 
follows: Hingham, $100; Natick, $140; Saugus, $100; Winthrop, $130; 
and Gloucester, $125. The average attendance at these games was about 
2,500 persons, and the receipts were: $67.50, $39.75, $69, $45.50, and 
$51.50, respectively. Officials, ball, lining the field, guarantee, depre- 
ciation of equipment, and incidentals bring the average cost of our home 
games to approximately $175. Every home game, therefore, results in 
a loss of $100 or more. 

"This year we have had a few costly accidents, and our balance 
January 1, 1932, with all bills paid, will be about $300. That will not be 
enough to carry on the other interscholastic sports during the year. 
Baseball alone costs nearly $500, and the receipts from a game do not 
pay the umpire. 

"A collection of from $300 to $500 per game of football will make 
it possible to finance all of our athletics, and that can be done with an 
enclosed field. 

"Jackson Park is better suited for immediate use as an enclosed 
field, largely because of the lower cost of enclosing it. An excellent iron 
fence and a thousand bleachers can be erected there at a cost not to 
exceed $7,000. The continuance of our interscholastic athletics depends 
upon the enclosure of this park." 

American History and Civics 

A statute (chap. 71, sec. 2) of the General Laws provides that "in 
all public elementary and high schools American history and civics, 
including the Constitution of the United States, shall be taught as re- 
quired subjects for the purpose of promoting civic service and a greater 
knowledge thereof, and of fitting the pupils, morally and intellectually, 
for the duties of citizenship." 

We are, probably, fulfilling the letter of that law. We are teaching 
American history, and we are teaching the Constitution of the United 
States incidentally, but we are doing so in much the same stereotype 
fashion that was in vogue before the law was passed. If any of you, 
as I did, pursued a similar course at about the eighth grade level when 
you were in school, you are aware just how much that study provoked 
you to "civic service," and to what an extent you were "morally and 
intellectually stimulated to the performance of the duties of citizenship." 

It is customary in many systems to provide a course which will 
meet the spirit of the law, as well as the letter, and to place that course 
in the Junior High School. The study of Community Civics, handled 
in such a fashion that the pupil identifies it as functioning in his own 
community and in his own life, can be made a live and vital undertaking. 
I recommend the establishment of such a course. 

Public Kindergartens 

I believe there is a definite demand for public kindergartens in 
Swampscott, and that the matter should receive your consideration as 



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[Dec. 31 



soon as room is available. The cost of kindergartens is not prohibitive, 
even if the original cost slightly exceeds that of equipping a regular 
primary room. 

I am not, however, interested in the kindergarten as a social agency. 
It is not a place where children may be merely "taken care of." It is, 
rather, a definite step in the educational process, taken at a time when 
the habits and tendencies that determine outlook in later life may be 
moulded, or at least can be more easily effected than in early childhood. 
The kindergarten room is usually the scene of the child's first lesson in 
co-operation and social discipline. Here he learns to act with the group, 
yet to be a leader if he is capable of it; here he is encouraged to exercise 
his powers of observation, initiative and creation; here he learns color 
and form, rhythm and beaut}', fair play and the willing submission to 
authority. Certainly, such matters are worth while. 



Small Financial Balance 

The financial report for the year shows a small unexpended balance. 
This I am particularly pleased to report to you, since it represents a 
considerably greater accomplishment than w^as anticipated from the 
year's appropriation, which carried no allowance for building repairs. 
You will note, however, that we were able to do at least a normal 
amount of major repairs by effecting economies in other directions, 
and still come through without needing assistance. 

The figures as thev appear on our books are; 
Appropriation " ' $196,150.00 

Expenditures: 

General Control $7,004.35 
Instructional Service 158,259.23 
Operation of Plants 19,069.13 
Maintenance 6,553.39 
Capital Outlay 961.30 



Auxiliarv Agencies 3.864.3 



195.711.73 



Unexpended Balance $438.27 
General Receipts of the Department $1,096.55 

State Refund to the Town on Account of 

Schools 16.158.57 



Total $17,255.12 
Xet Cost of Schools $178,456.61 
Our appropriation next 3-ear will approximate 5203,000.00. 

Miss Louise C. Stanley 

The recent death of Miss Louise C. Stanley-, coming as it did with 
unexpected suddenness to most of us, has removed from our system 
one of its outstanding personalities. Miss Stanley had been a lifelong 
friend of many of the people of the town. She had taught in the same 
district since 1887, and it had been her pleasure to teach for the pas: 
two years in a school that had been named in her honor. She was 
respected and loved by a long succession of pupils, parents and fellow 
teachers, upon whom she had left the lasting impress that only the 
highest type of teacher and gentlewoman is privileged to make. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANK L. MANSUR. 



Superintendent of Schools. 



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155 



REPORT OF ATTENDANCE OFFICER 

To the School Committee of Swampscott: 

Ladies and Gentlemen: — I herewith submit a report of my work as 
Attendance Officer for the 3'ear ending December 31, 1931. 



Visits to homes 114 

School conferences 78 

Absences due to illness 54 

Unsuitable clothing as cause of absences 21 

Unexcused absences 39 

Total 306 



In almost every case our attendance problems are due to faulty 
home conditions, and much time has been given to adjust this condition. 
Respectfully submitted, 

MARY K. HAMMOND, 

Attendance Officer. 

CHANGES IN THE TEACHING FORCE 

Resigned New to System Previously Engaged At 



High School 

Family B. Campbell 
Mildred J. O'Leary 
Antoinette Lambert 
John I. McLaughlin 
Agnes T. Santry 

Mabel M. Connell 
Junior High School 

Leonie M. Chandonnet Hester B. Dwinell 
Elisabeth Maddison Edna E. Kellett 



Mary P. Thompson 
Evelyn A. Hill 
Mildred A. Maus 
Charles F. Cuddy 
Helen C. Lingham 



Agnes T. Santry 

Katie Sanborn 
Elizabeth Piatt 
*Louise C. Stanley 



Eleanor Sanborn 
Mary G. Boyce 
Florence L. Alelanson 
Eleanor Rice 

Clarke School 
Evilena B. Snider 

Hadley School 
Ruth A. Risk 

Stanley School 
Blanche E. Doyle 
*Deceased 



Fall River, Mass. 
Fall River, Mass. 
Quinc3% Mass. 
Medford, Mass. 
Hadley Junior High 

School 
Portsmouth, N. H. 

Richmond, Vermont 
Cranston, Rhode Island 
Winchester, Mass. 
Hadley Elementary Sch. 
Brockton, Mass. 
Pembroke, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Clarke School 



PUPILS ENROLLED— November, 1931 



Sophomores 


Juniors 




Seniors 


P. G. 


Total 


High School 145 




118 




87 




8 


358 






Cla 


5S I 


Class 


II 


Class III 


Total 


Junior High School 




143 


152 




106 


401 


Gr. 


Gr. 


Gr. 


Gr. 


Gr. 


Gr. 


Special 




1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


Adv. Rtd. 


Total 


Clarke School 39 


48 


58 


36 


33 


37 




251 


Hadley School 36 


37 


39 


40 


44 


38 


15 


249 


Machon School 45 


29 


36 


34 


32 


35 


23 


234 


Stanley School 30 


33 


37 


31 


21 


33 




185 



High School 
Junior High 
Elementar}^ 



358 
401 
919 



919 



1,678 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



CENSUS— October 1, 1931 

Number of boys 5 years of age or over and under 7 
Number of girls 5 years of age or over and under 7 

Total 

Number of boys 7 years of age or over and under 14 
Number of girls 7 years of age or over and under 14 

Total 

Number of boys 14 years of age or over and under 16 
Number of girls 14 years of age or over and under 16 

Total 

Number of boys 5 years of age or over and under 16 
Number of girls 5 years of age or over and under 16 



166 
147 



313 

554 
580 



1,134 
217 
225 



442 
937 
952 



Total 



AGE GRADE TABLE— October 1, 1931 



19 & 



1,889 



Grand 



Grade 


Sex 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 


17 


18 


over Tot. Tot. 




M 


15 


45 


13 
























73 


1 


F 


21 


44 


9 
























74— 147 




M 


1 


26 


27 


12 


2 




















-— 68 


2 


F 


1 


30 


39 


7 


1 




















... — 78— 146 




M 






21 


44 


15 


3 


1 
















... — 84 


3 


F 






34 


43 


6 


2 


1 
















86— 170 




M 








20 


40 


10 


5 
















— 75 


4 


F 








29 


22 


13 


1 
















_ .— 65— 140 




M 








1 


9 


35 


14 


7 














....— 67 


5 


F 








2 


14 


39 


11 
















...— 66— 133 




M 










3 


11 


35 


11 


3 


2 










... — 65 


6 


F 










3 


25 


37 


13 


1 


1 










.-.— 80— 145 




M 












1 


17 


22 


17 


8 


2 








...-— 68 


7 


F 












3 


16 


40 


13 


4 


1 








....— 77— 145 




M 














3. 


28 


35 


19 


4 


2 


1 




... — 92 


8 


F 














S 


18 


29 


3 


4 








-..— 59— 151 




M 
















2 


13 


25 


14 


7 






61 


9 


F 
















2 


20 


16 


7 


2 






.__ — 47— 108 
























14 


25 


11 


9 


3 


_..— 62 


10 


F 


















1 


28 


40 


9 


4 


2 


1— 85— 147 




:m 




















2 


3 


28 


14 


2 


2— 51 


11 


F 




















3 


25 


23 


10 


4 


1— 66— 117 


























1 


10 


14 


8 


1— 34 


12 


F 






















1 


21 


25 


6 


1— 54— 88 


Opp'tun- M 








5 


4 




















...— 9 


ity Class 


F 








1 


S 




















.-— 6— 15 


Special 


M 










3 


2 


1 


2 


1 


2 


2 




1 




...— 14 


Class 


F 








2 




1 


3 


1 








2 






- — 9— 23 




M 


16 


71 


61 


82 


76 


62 


76 


72 


70 


72 


51 


59 


39 


13 


3—823 




F 


22 


74 


82 


84 


51 


83 


74 


74 


64 


55 


78 


57 


39 


12 


3—852 


Grand 


Tot. 


38 


145 


143 


166 


127 


145 


150 


146 


134 


127 


129 


116 


78 


25 


6-1675—1675 



SWAMPSCOTT SCHOOL DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY 
High School 

Lee T. Gray, Principal 
Maebelle Adams 
Emily B. Campbell 
Mabel M. Connell 
Arthur G. Cronk 
Harriet M. Dillon 
James H. Dunn 
Walter R. Henshaw 
Antoinette Lambert 
Bartholomew F, McArdle 



John L McLaughlin 
Dorothy C. O'Keefe 
Mildred J. O'Leary 
A. Lillian Rideout 
Agnes T. Santry 
Ilah Spinney 
Amy D. Thissell 
Bertha I. Wales 
Marjorie White 



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157 



Junior High 

Alice L. Shaw, Principal 
Jean G. Allan 
Docia A. Botkin 
Mary G. Boyce 
E. Marion Bryant 
Marion P. Burlingame 
S. Perry Congdon 
Beatrice L. Cook 
Edith M. Craig 
Cleora A. Crooker 
Alice T. Durgin 
Hester B. Dwinell 



School 

George E. Hutchinson 
Edna E. Kellett 
Florence L. Melanson 
Crandall P. Nodwell 
Lena M. Patchett 
Eleanor Rice 
Marjorie Richardson 
Eleanor Sanborn 
Mary C. Sexton 
Dorothy F. Tower 
Helen Warren 



Clarke School 

Blanche E. Doyle, Principal Eleanor C. Parsons 



Melvina G. Pearson 
Evilena B. Snider 
Katherine F. Wilson 



Adelaide V. Bennett 
Edith A. Farnum 
Helen H. Hudson 
Helen B. Lewis 

Hadley School 

Alice L. Shaw, Principal Marion F. Newcomb 

Viola Anderson Ruth A. Risk 

Margaret E. Durgin Phyllis G. Smith 

Amy M. Fenwick Mabel F. Verry 

Ruth K. James Anna F. Willey 

Machon School 

Mary I. Perkins. Principal Ada S. Lewis 

Marion J. Champion Elise A. Meaney 

Hazel D. Chase Elsie B. Oakes 

Mary Gandolfo Elva M. Shantz 

Mabel S. Knight M. Elizabeth Williams 

Stanley School 

Blanche E. Doyle, Principal Jessie C. Martin 

Charlotte N. Conners Emma W. Parry 

Grace M. Farrell A. Thelma Smith 
Alice M. Gove 



Supervisors 



Flora A, Boynton 
Clara B. Fowler 
Esther Nazarian 
Marion E. Tvler 



Physical Education 

Art 

Music 

Penmanship 



Superintendent of Schools 



Frank L. Mansur 



Barbara Bent 
Marion E. Clinch 
Frances M. Newell 



L. T. Holder 
Herbert E. Wood 
Rudolph Woodward 
John F. Wilson 
Simeon J. Strong 
Harold Wheeler 



Secretaries 



Janitors 



Hadley School 
High School 

Superintendent of Schools 



High School 
Hadley School 
Hadley School 
Clarke School 
Machon School 
Stanley School 



158 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Board of Appeals 



During the six months ending June 6, 1931, four petitions were 
heard, of which two were granted and two denied. The following is a 
resume of these hearings: 

Date Petitioner Petition 

Jan. 26 Connell & McDermott Place an office in the building at 10 

Cedar Hill terrace. Decision: Pe- 
tition denied. Upon the question of 
jurisdiction the Board rules that 
this petition should first be brought 
before the Selectmen on the ques- 
tion of an extension of the present 
use. 



Feb. 26 Felice Dagnese To complete the erection of a four 

car garage approximately 30x40 
feet and use the same for business 
purposes at 262 Essex street. Deci- 
sion: Petition denied. The Board 
further finds that the Building In- 
spector would be perfectly within 
his rights in the opinion of the 
Board to grant a permit for the 
completion of the garage with the 
understanding that it is up to the 
forces that have the enforcement of 
the laws to control its use. 



May 12 Mabel E. Xelson To build a garage within the set 

back area at 17 Ingalls terrace. De- 
cision: Petition granted. The ga- 
rage doors to open in. 



June 22 Faustin J. and Gertrude To build a garage eight feet from 
M. Tague the sidewalk line and partially with- 

in the set back area at 109 Green- 
wood avenue. Decision: Petition 
granted. 

Respectful!}' submitted. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEX. Chairman, 
WILLIAM O. TITCOMB. 
RALPH MAXWELL. 

Board of Appeals. 



On May 29, '1931, the Board of Selectmen reappointed George M. 
Glidden. William O. Titcomb and Ralph Maxwell for the term ending 
June 6, 1932. The Board organized with the re-election of George M. 
Glidden as Chairman and Horace R. Parker as Clerk. 



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159 



During the six months ending December 31, 1931, seven petitions 
were heard all of which were granted. The resume is as follows: 



Date Petitioner 
July 13 Marion Doen Morse 



Aug. 3 Sarah C. Hutt 



Aug. 24 Faustin J. and Gertrude 
M. Tague 



Petition 

To build within the set back area 
at the westerly corner of Humphrey 
street and Millett road. Decision: 
Petition granted as described on 
blue print. 

To build within five feet of the side- 
walk line of Greenwood terrace. De- 
cision: Petition granted. 

To extend grant to build garage at 
109 Greenwood avenue to within 
five feet of the sidewalk. Decision: 
Petition granted. 



Sept. 28 Letitia X. Colclough 



Oct. 5 A. L. Xewhall, M.D. 



Xov. 23 Charles E. McManus 



X'ov. 23 X'icolas Dichirico 



To build within ten feet of the side- 
w^alk at 112 Aspen road. Decision: 
Petition granted, the house to set 
back so that the nearest projection 
will be ten feet from the street line, 
the sun parlor and driveway to be 
on the southerly side of the house. 

To erect a frame residence at the 
corner of Humphrey street and 
Lawrence terrace in such a manner 
that every part of said structure 
shall be at least three feet from the 
easterly line of Lawrence terrace. 
Decision: Petition granted. Xo part 
of the overhang of the main struc- 
ture to be nearer than three feet 
six inches to the street line of Law- 
rence terrace and no part of the 
overhang of the bay window to be 
nearer than two feet from the street 
line of Lawrence terrace. 

To use the premises at the junction 
of the railroad and Essex street near 
the Essex street bridge for busi- 
ness purposes. Decision: Petition 
granted, with the understanding 
that no buildings are to be erected 
in connection therewith. 

To build within the set back area on 
Cardillo terrace. Decision: Petition 
granted, provided the overhang does 
not exceed six inches. 



Respectfully submitted. 

GEORGE M. GLIDDEX, Chairman, 
WILLL\M O. TITCOMB, 
RALPH MAXWELL. 

Board of Appeals. 



160 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Park Department 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

Herewith is submitted the annual report of the Park Commissioners 
for the 3-ear ending December 31, 1931: 

Monument Avenue Parkway 

The usual care and attention was given to this section during the 
past year. 

The services of one man are required continuously during seven 
months to maintain this reservation, and the results attained seem to 
meet with the approval of the citizens and other visitors to the locality. 
The section at the base of the ledge between Walker and Farragut 
roads was dedicated on Armistice Da}- as Rowland Park. 

Jackson Park 

During the winter, considerable progress was made in cleaning out 
the undesirable growth in the woodland sections of the park. Men 
working under the unemployment fund removed all poor trees, many 
of which were moth breeders, cut out all underbrush and vines which 
were killing good trees, covered the ball field with good loam found 
in the park, and also constructed a road with suitable retaining walls 
from the field to Burpee road. When workmen have not been otherwise 
engaged, considerable progress has been made in excavation and gradmg 
for the location of two tennis courts. It is hoped to have these courts 
finished and in use b}- early summer. General conferences have been 
held with High School authorities relative to the enclosing of the ball 
field with a wire fence and the erection of bleachers within the enclosure. 
W^hile we are agreeable to the idea of enclosing the field in order to 
derive necessary revenue, and have added an amount to the budget 
suflFicient to cover the cost, we do not deem it advisable at this time to 
advocate the additional expenditure required for bleacher seats. 

Abbott Park 

Poor weather and skating conditions prevailed last winter at this 
Park. Only with a long continued spell of low temperatures can good 
ice be had. 

Blaney Beach Reservation 

During an unusually heavy storm in March considerable damage 
was done to park property at the beach. The rear end of the building 
was stripped of shingles to a height of ten feet, platform and steps 
washed away, the gasoline locker undermined and settled, walks and 
shrubbery washed out. and other damage suffered which required repair 
and replacement. With the aid of the Board of Health, the long stand- 
ing practice of dumping garbage brought from various places of business 
has been discontinued, and it has been possible to keep the beach in 
a very clean condition for the pleasure of thousands of bathers and 
visitors. 

Phillips Park 

More appreciated than any other recent addition to park equipment 
were the two tennis courts opened at Phillips Park last summer. Pa- 
tronage became so heavy that it became necessary to provide the ser- 



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vices of a young man student to allot the playing time for various 
groups. Many citizens of mature years, as well as a large number of 
young people, took advantage of the fine courts, and play continued 
until December 13, when the gates were closed for the winter. The old 
portable building, being badly but of repair, was demolished and the 
grounds surrounding its location will be regraded and improved next 
3'ear. The old hockey rink is being gradually filled and its site is to 
be used for ball field and parking purposes. 

Street Intersection Plots 

All of the small plots in various parts of the town have been well 
cared for during the year. A great improvement was made at Bay View 
and Fuller avenues b}' the construction of a concrete curb bordering the 
plot. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARCHIBALD MILLER, 
STUART P. ELLIS, 
JOHN HOMAX. 



Inspector of Animals 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: The following is a report of my work for 1931. There 
have been fifty-one cases of "dog-bite" investigated this 3-ear and of 
this number forty-eight have been placed under quarantine for two 
weeks after which they were examined again, and. if they were found 
free from contagious disease they were released and a report sent to 
the Department of Animal Industry. The three other dogs had been 
sent away before the report was received. This was also reported to 
the State Department, in order that the local inspectors in the towns 
where these animals had been sent, could examine them. 

There has been one case of rabies this year. 

The general inspection of meat cattle, sheep and swine was made 
in January. This consists of a physical examination of these animals 
for S3-mptoms of contagious disease: also an examination of the prem- 
ises to see that they are kept clean and properly ventilated. 

Respectfully submitted. 

FRANK B. STRATTON, M.D.V., 

Inspector of Animals. 



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Surveyor of Highways 



[Dec. 31 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

I herewith submit my annual report for the year 1931. All con- 
struction work this year has been done by contract. 

Phillips avenue, from Plummer avenue to Humphrey street, also 
Chatman avenue have been put to grade and resurfaced with bitu- 
minous macadam asphalt. 

Windsor avenue, from Lynn line as far as accepted, has been re- 
surfaced with Barrett Company Tarvia lithic and rolled. 

Barnstable road: the hills on this street resurfaced with Tarvia lithic 
and rolled. 

Foster road: street and sidewalks reshaped, resurfaced with Tarvia 
lithic and rolled. 

Minerva street: the part accepted last year, reshaped, sidewalk 
built and resurfaced with Tarvia lithic and rolled. 

Buena Vista street: ledge removed. This street will have to be 
resurfaced next year. 

Buena Vista street, at Cherry street; fence put back, curbstone laid 
and street resurfaced with tar mixed compound. 

Roy street at Euraka street: ledge removed, sidewalk built, stone 
wall rebuilt and street resurfaced with tar mixed stone. 

Commonwealth avenue: no work done on this street, caused by the 
abutters not signing waivers. 

All streets where curbstones were laid this year the gutters and 
sidewalks have been resurfaced with either gravel or tarred mixed stone. 

Shoulders to Essex street and Atlantic avenue have been shaped 
five times during the year. 

The usual work of patrolling street surfaces has been done. 

The following streets have been sealed or oiled in whole or in part: 
Salem street, Puritan road, Burrill street, Monument avenue, Bristol 
avenue, Farragut road, Crossman avenue, Stanley road, Bellevue road, 
Beach Bluff avenue, Clarke road, Marston road, Eulow road, Stan- 
wood road. Pine street, Superior street, Huron street, Orchard road, 
Orchard Circle, Neighborhood road, Esterbrook road, Hawthorne road, 
Nason road. Cedar road, Atlantic road, Plymouth avenue, Bates road, 
Lodge road. 

Repairs on sidewalks have been done where needed, the following 
amounts of material being used: 469 tons of stone dust, 181 loads of 
gravel, 15 loads of cinders. 

Number of loads of sand used for sanding icy sidewalks and streets 

204. 

Tar concrete sidewalks repaired on the following streets in part or 
whole: Bay View Drive, Bradlee avenue. Crescent street, Jessie street, 
Elliott street, Roy street, Hillside avenue, Foster road, Barnstable road, 
Suffolk avenue, Phillips avenue, Bristol avenue, Superior street, Miner\-a 
street. Greenwood avenue, Essex street, Banks road, Essex terrace, 
Eastman avenue, Rockland street, Roy street at Euraka and Jessie 
street, Redington street, Ocean View road, Humphrey street. This 
work has been done by the men of the department. 

Some 212 yards of granolithic sidewalks were repaired and 190 
yards of asphalt sidewalk laid this year. 

Wood block pavement on Humphrey street has blown up 39 times 
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Three catch basins were built and the following drain pipe was laid: 
28 feet 6-inch pipe, 20 feet of 10-inch, 60 feet of 16-inch; manholes 
brought to the surface of streets, 9. 

All catch basins and gutters in all streets have been cleaned when 
needed. About 1,700 yards of tar and mixed stone have been laid in 
gutters to prevent washing out. Fifty-four driveways were lowered, 
some 324 feet of curbstone reset; 1,547 feet of new curbstone laid and 
125 feet of cement curb laid. 

Nine hundred forty-one feet of guard rail fence have been repaired 
and snow fences placed on Salem street, Grossman avenue and Dennison 
avenue. 

The stone wall on Danvers street at Arthur Ventre estate has been 
repaired and pointed. 

There were 52,783 gallons of asphalt road oil and tar used on the 
streets, the same being purchased under contract. The prices paid were 
Gold Patch at town yard and put in barrels .1325 cents; Barrett Gom- 
pany, Number 3, road oil, 6 cents; Number 6, .0469 cents applied to 
town streets by Standard Oil Gompany. All oil or tar applied on streets 
was covered with sand. Asphalt winter patch, Barber Gompany, .13 
cents at their plant; Tarvia Lithic, $6.35 per ton at their plant. Prices 
paid for crushed stone: ^/-inch, $1.25 per ton; %-inch, $1.15 per ton; 
1-inch, $1.00 per ton; 2-inch, $1.00 per ton. 

Price paid for sand delivered at town yard, 95 cents; teamed by 
town trucks, 75 cents per ton. 

The working force of the department remains the same as last 
year. No equipment has been added to the department this year. 

Streets that ought to be resurfaced the coming year: Buena Vista 
street, where ledge was removed; Forest avenue. Aspen road, Arbutus 
road, Magnolia road, Humphrey terrace and Ingalls terrace. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MIGHAEL J. RYAN, 
Surveyor of Highways. 



TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Town Counsel 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: — Following is my report for 1931: 

A large number of minor matters were handled during the year, 
legal opinions furnished to town officials and departments, and various 
legislative and other hearings attended. 

A bill in equity brought against the town seeking to have the zoning 
by-laws declared void as to the Knowlton property- on Humphrey street 
was argued before a single Justice of the Supreme Court in October 
and a decree entered sustaining the demurrer filed by the town. 

Yours respectfully. 

H. D. LIXSCOTT. 

Town Counsel. 



Inspector of Wires 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: The following report covers activities and inspection 
program b}' the wire inspector for the town of Swampscott from Jan- 
uary 1 to December 31, 1931: 

Inspection of twenty-six new houses, including the rough wiring 
and fixture installation, with the subsequent approval of the same. 

Inspection of six old houses where roughing in and fixtures were 
being installed, with the subsequent approval of the same. 

Inspection of fortj'-five buildings where additions were being made 
to old wiring, and the approval of the same. 

Inspection of seven locations where corrections were ordered due 
to existing hazardous conditions. Corrections were made in accordance 
with recommendations and subsequently approved. 

One electric service was ordered removed on account of hazardous 
conditions created by fire on the premises. Repairs were made and 
approved, and the building was then reconnected for electric service. 

All inspections of wiring were made in accordance with the 1930 
edition of the National Electrical Code. 

Respectfulh' submitted. 

J. A. COOK, 
Inspector of Wires. 



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Report of the By-Law Committee 



The By-law Committee presents herewith a partial report to the 
town. The work of the committee requires considerable time and 
necessarily moves rather slowly. The committee plans to report to the 
town from time to time as it finishes consideration of different chapters 
of the by-laws. 

To date the Committee has completed consideration of the build- 
ing by-laws, the plumbing by-laws, and of Chapter 2, which deals with 
the town meeting. 

The principal parts of the present building by-laws have been 
retained, but various additions have been written in and changes made. 
The purpose is to strengthen the present laws, facilitate the work of 
the building department and create a code more nearly meeting the 
needs of the town. 

Relative to the annual town meeting the present by-laws were 
passed before the representative town meeting form of government 
went into effect. Our purpose has been to strengthen Ihe present by- 
laws and make them conform more nearly lo the practice required by 
the representative town meeting system. 

The committee recommends that the present building by-laws be 
amended by striking out the same and substituting the by-laws hereto 
annexed and marked "A." 

The committee recommends that Chapter 2 of the present by-laws, 
relative to town meetings, be amended by striking out the same and 
substituting therefor the by-laws hereto annexed and marked "B.'' 

The committee recommends that Chapter XII. the plumbing by- 
laws, be amended as follows: 

By adding to Section 2 thereof the sentence: A fee shall be re- 
quired for all plumbing permits in the sum of five dollars for a'l new 
work and two dollars for all alteration work, the same to be paid to 
the plumbing inspector. 

By adding after Section 23 thereof the following new section: 

23A. No domestic boiler shall be Mistalled without having con- 
nected therewith some approved automatic device to prevent the water 
in the boiler exceedmg a temperature of 220 degrees Fahrenheit, or 
which by automatically releasing hot water will prevent a temperature 
in the boiler in excess of 220 degrees Fahrenheit. 

CLAREXXE B. HUMPHREY. 
CHARLES I. PORTER. 
GL'Y X. CHAAIBERLIX. 
COXRAD P. RICHARDSOX. 
H. D. LINSCOTT. 

TOWN OF SVVAMPSCOTT 
BUILDING BY-LAWS 



1931 

CHAPTER "A" 
ARTICLE I 
Building Department 

Section 1. There shall be a department known as the Building 
Department, which shall be furnished at the expense of the town with 
office room and such supplies as are necessary for the transaction of 
its business. 

Section 2. The Board of Selectmen shall, in the month of April, 
appoint an Inspector of Buildings for the term of one year from the 



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first day of May following, and until another is appointed in his stead; 
and may by appointment fill any vacancy in said office. ' He shall be 
either an architect, builder or civil engineer. He shall receive such 
salary as may be determined by the Board of Selectmen subject to the 
provisions of General Laws. He may, with the approval of the Select- 
men and within such appropriation as may be provided for his depart- 
ment, employ such assistants as may be necessary for the performance 
of the duties of his office. If the Inspector should have any interest in 
the doing of work, or the furnishing of materials, for the construction, 
repair or alteration of any building in this town, or in the making of 
plans or specifications therefor, then the application shall be referred to 
the Board of Selectmen who shall appoint a competent person to act 
as Inspector in his stead and may fix the compensation to be paid 
said person. 

Duties of the Department 

Section 3. The Inspector shall keep a record of the business of 
the department, and submit to the Board of Selectmen a yearly report 
of such business, and such other reports as they may call for. 

Section 4, The Inspector shall examine all buildings in the course 
of erection or alteration, or repair, in this town as often as practicable, 
and make a record of all violations of law, with the street and number 
of the premises where such violations are found to exist, the name of 
the owner, architect and builder, and all other matters relative thereto. 
He shall perform, all duties incumbent upon him under the provisions 
of sections 6 to 12, inclusive, of chapter 143 of the General Laws. 

Section 5. The Inspector shall pass on all applications for the 
erection, alteration, enlargement, repair, moving and demolition of all 
buildings. 

Section 6. The Inspector shall furnish the Board of Assessors with 
a record of all permits as granted, with data on cards as furnished by 
the Assessors, and when the building or buildings are completed shall 
place upon cards their outlines, with dimensions, area covered and 
cubical contents, together with, such other data as may be required by 
said Board of Assessors. 

ARTICLE II 
Application for Permits 

Section 1. Every person intending to erect any building or to 
raise, move or make additions, repairs or alterations in any building or 
its foundations, already erected, or hereafter to be built, except minor 
repairs not affecting the foundations, external, partition or party walls, 
roofs, chimneys or stairways, shall, before commencing the same, or 
the foundation thereof, file an application for a permit with the In- 
spector of Buildings, on forms furnished by him, giving a description 
of the building or the additions, alterations or repairs proposed; and 
shall also submit plans and specifications of such work or buildings, for 
examination and approval. The Inspector may also require, in his 
discretion, a plan of the lot on which any proposed building is to be 
erected to be filed with the application. If the requirements of law and 
of the by-laws of the town have been complied with, the Inspector shall 
thereupon issue such permit to the applicant and shall furnish a card 
which shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises visible 
from the sidewalk. 

Section 2. No person having obtained such a permit shall proceed 
with any work without first notifying the Inspector as to the time such 
work is to begin and no permit issued, whether for a new building or 
for alterations, shall be in force for a period longer than one year. 

Section 3. The Board of Health shall have an opportunity to ex- 
amine all plans and specifications filed with the Building Inspector. 
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tion or sanitary arrangements therein, shall require the obtaining of a 
permit from another official or board, the Building Inspector, before 
issuing a building permit, may require the applicant to obtain such per- 
mit from such other oft'icial or board. 

Section 4. No permit to erect or alter a building used or intended 
to be used as a garage shall be issued by the Building Inspector until 
plans for the same and the location thereof have been approved by the 
Chief of the Fire Department. 

Fees 

Section 6. The applicant for a building permit shall at the time of 
filing an application therefor, pay to the town a deposit of one dollar 
for each $1,000 of the cost of the proposed work, but in no case shall 
such deposit exceed $1000.00 for any one application or permit. The 
minimum fee shall be one dollar. In case the Inspector, after an ex- 
amination, refuses to issue such permit then the amount deposited shall 
be refunded. No fee shall be required for a building erected by the 
town. 

Section 5. A complete set of plans and specifications of any public 
building, or structure to be used by the public, must be filed in the 
office of the Inspector of Buildings. A complete set of plans and spe- 
cifications bearing the approval of the Inspector of Buildings must be 
kept on the premises during the process of construction. 

ARTICLE III 
Requirements for Buildings 

Section 1. Definitions of words and terms unless 
otherwise defined by Statute 
In the construction of these by-laws, if not inconsistent with the 
context, the following terms shall have the respective meanings assigned 
to them. 

Alteration — Any change or addition to a building. 

Basement — The ground floor, beneath the principal story, but which 
in the average is at least one-half above the mean grade of the ad- 
joining ground. 

Cellar — An underground room more than one-half below the mean 
grade of the adjoining ground. 

Dwelling — A building used, or constructed, or adapted to be used, 
for human habitation. 

External Wall — Every^ outer wall or vertical enclosure of any 
building other than a party wall, and shall include piazzas, bay windows, 
porches and other projections. 

Foundation — That part of a wall below the level of the street curb; 
or, where the wall is not on a street, that portion of the wall below 
the level of the ground next to the wall; but foundations of party or 
partition walls may be construed by the Inspector to mean that portion 
below the cellar floor. 

Half-Story — A story included in the roof of which the floor area of 
the rooms is not more than seventy-five per cent, of the area of the 
ground floor. 

Public Building — A building used or constructed, or adapted to be 
used in whole or in part as a church, school, hospital, theatre, hotel, or 
place of public assemblage. 

Party Wall — A wall that separates two or more buildings and is 
used or adapted for the use of more than one building. 

Repairs — The renewal of any part of a building or of its fixtures 
or appurtenances, and not made, in the opinion of the Inspector, for the 
purpose of converting the building, in whole or in part, into a new 
building. 

Solid Wall — A wall without openings of any kind therein. 



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Underpinning — The brick, stone or concrete wall above the founda- 
tion to the under side of the sill. 

Wooden Building — Any building of which an external wall is con- 
structed wholly or parth' of wood. Wood frames covered with metal 
shall be deemed to be wood structures. 

Approval of Buildings 

Section 2. Xo building hereafter erected, altered, added to or re- 
paired, that is to be finished in whole or in part, shall be lathed, 
plastered and sheathed, until the owner or builder shall have notified the 
Inspector cf Buildings, and shall have received from said Inspector a 
notice in writing that the work is satisfactory. 

The Inspector of Buildings on receipt of a notice from the owner 
or builder that an}- building, or alterations, additions or repairs to any 
building are ready for inspection shall as soon as possible inspect the 
premises, but shall not accept the building until all the requirements of 
the by-laws and of law as to frames, chimneys, firestops, furnace or 
steam pipes, and all other parts of the construction have been complied 
with, and no building shall be occupied until approved by the Inspector. 

The Inspector shall also require that all permanent piers or columns 
needed under girders, trimmers, etc., shall be in place before he accepts 
the building. 

Location 

Section 3. Xo external wall of an\- building hereafter erected or 
moved upon any lot, except as hereinafter provided, shall be built or 
placed nearer than three feet to the line of any adjoining lot. excepting, 
however, that on property contiguous to a railroad right of way such 
external wall ma}' be built upon the property line provided that said 
wall is constructed of brick or concrete or other recognized fire proof 
construction; nor shall any external wall of any building hereinafter 
built, or moved upon the same lot upon which there is another build- 
ing, except a garage, be built or placed nearer to said other building 
then six feet, and if such building is to be used as a garage then the 
external wall adjacent to any other building shall be constructed of a 
recognized fire proof construction. Within a business district as set, 
forth in the zoning by-laws, buildings may be erected on property lines, 
provided that side walls are of brick or concrete or other suitable fire- 
proof material, but where a business district lies adjacent to a residential 
district then no part of any building above the grade of the premises 
shall be erected within three feet of the dividing line between such 
business district and such residential district. 

Height of Buildings 

Section 4. Xo dwelling house, except as described in Chapter 145 
of the General Laws, shall be constructed more than two and a ha'.f 
stories high, nor of a height exceeding 35 feet. The height is defined 
as the perpendicular distance from the top of the masonary foundation 
to the highest point of the roof beams in the case of flat roofs and to 
the average height of the gabk in the case of pitched roofs. Where 
there is more than one level of roof or foundation wall, the measure- 
ment shall be taken from the average level of the top of the foundation 
wall, on that side of the building which faces the street upon which 
the building fronts, to the average level of the roof. 

Wooden buildings for industrial or commercial purposes shall not 
exceed two and a half stories in height. 

Garages in Dwellings 

Section 5. When a garage is located beneath a dwelling or attached 
to it, the walls and ceiling shall be of fire resistive construction approved 
by the Building Inspector. When a garage is located beneath a dwell- 
ing, all doors and windows with the frames and sash shall be of standard 
fire resistive construction, and glazed with wire glass. 



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Foundations 

Section 6. Foundation walls for wooden or masonary buildings 
shall be of stone, brick or poured concrete of the following minimum 
thickness : 

Stone — 16 inches or 4 inches thicker than the wall it supports. 
Brick — 12 inches or 4 inches thicker than the wall it supports. 
Concrete poured in place — 10 inches or 4 inches thicker than the 
wall it supports. 

Stone walls shall have the first course extend clear through the 
wall, and above the first course shall be thoroughly bonded. Stone 
walls laid dry, that is, with stones not bedded in mortar but merely 
pointed with mortar on the outside, shall not be permitted. 

Brick walls both for -foundations and upper stories shall be bonded 
by a header course every eighteen inches. Bricks and tiles used for 
exterior work shall have a burned face suitable for exposure to the 
weather. 

All foundation walls shall extend at least 3 feet 6 inches below the 
ground and more when necessary to be substantially below the frost 
line. Foundations shall not be laid on frozen ground. Foundations 
shall have suitable footings to keep the load distribution within the 
carrying capacity of the soil. If suitable natural soil cannot be reached 
by reasonable excavation, piles of wood or concrete may be employed. 

Section 7. Underpinnings for wooden construction shall extend at 
least eight inches above the adjacent ground surface. 

Brick underpinnings for buildings not over two stories high shall 
not be less than eight inches thick, and under buildings three or more 
stories in height shall not be less than twelve inches thick for their 
entire height. 

Concrete blocks may be used for underpinnings provided that 8 
inch blocks are laid not more than 5 courses high and that 12 inch 
blocks are laid not more than 8 courses high. 

Mortar Proportions 

Section 8. The mortar for foundations, piers and chimneys of 
stone, brick, cement-block, or tile shall have a strength not less than 
that of a mortar composed of one part Portland cement to not more 
than three parts of clean, sharp sand, proportioned by volume, with an 
allowable addition of hydrated lime not to exceed twenty-five per cent, 
of the cement by volume. 

Masonry walls above the underpinning shall be laid in mortar com- 
posed of one part Portland cement, one part hydrated or properly 
slacked lime to not more than six parts of clean, sharp sand. 

Concrete Proportions 

Section 9. Concrete for bearing walls and piers shall be at least 
of the following proportions by volume; one part Portland cement, three 
parts clean, sharp sand, and five parts coarse aggregate, free from loam, 
organic matter or other deleterious substances. Other mixtures of fine 
and coarse aggregate giving equivalent strength and density are per- 
mitted. 

Concrete Block Proportions 

Section 10. Concrete blocks used for underpinnings or exterior 
wall shall have a composition not leaner than one part of Portland ce- 
ment to seven parts of fine and coarse aggregate combined. 

Building Supports 

Section 11. Buildings more than one story in height, and with 
a floor area of over 500 square feet, that do not rest on foundation walls, 
shall be supported on suitably driven piles, or piers of hard brick, stone 
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and intermediate piers not less than eight inches square. Wooden posts 
extending into the ground shall not be used for the support of buildings. 
All footings of piers shall be started at least three feet six inches below 
the surface of the ground exposed to frost. 

Piers 

Section 12. Building floors shall be supported in cellars and base- 
ments as required in Section 15 by suitable brick or concrete piers or 
cement-filled iron columns on proper footings. Stone piers shall not 
be used for the support of girders or walls in cellars or basemients. 
Porches and piazzas shall be supported by concrete, brick or stone piers. 
Stone piers shall be at least sixteen inches square and the unsupported 
height of brick or concrete piers either in basements or under piazzas 
shall not exceed ten times their least dimension. 

Exterior Walls 

Section 13. The minimum thickness of exterior masonry walls for 
dwellings shall be as follows: 

Brick — 8 inches up to 20 feet in height. 

Concrete block or hollow tile — 8 mches up to 10 feet in height; 12 
inches up to 20 feet in height. 

Stone — 16 inches up to 20 feet in height. 

When gable construction is used, the same thickness is permitted 
up to the peak. 

Exterior bearing or party walls of brick, concrete, hollow tile or 
concrete-block for commercial and industrial buildings shall have a 
minimum thickness of eight inches in one-story buildings not exceeding 
twelve feet in height. In multi-story buildings, the exterior walls shall 
have a minimum thickness of eight inches in the top story, with an in- 
crease of four inches in thickness for every successive story below^ 

No vertical chases (i. e. grooves for pipes, flues, wnres, etc.) shall 
be permitted in 8 inch walls. 

Brick veneer-walls shall be provided with metal ties embedded in 
mortar points at least 16 inches apart vertically and 24 inches hor- 
izontally. 

Floor and roof timbers shall be attached to masonry walls by suit- 
able metal ties. 

Corner posts shall be continuous. Girts shall be four by six inches. 
No stairway shall be constructed in a two family house less than three 
feet in the rough. 

Sills, Girders, Timbers, Headers 

Section 14. All wooden buildings, and their projections over one 
story in height, used as dwellings, stores, stables, or for manufacturing 
purposes shall have sills not less than four by six inches. 

There shall be girders not less than six by eight inches under the 
main partitions, and floor joists doubled or their equivalent, under all 
cross partitions in the first floor of all dwellings. 

Headers and trimmers of all openings over four feet in first floor 
of dwellings shall be floor joists doubled or their equivalent and in an}^ 
other floor, if deemed necessary by the Inspector. 

Floor Supports 

Section 15. All beams carrying main partitions on the first floor 
shall be supported on piers or columns as described in Section 12 not 
more than seven feet apart; trimmers in the first floor over twelve feet 
in length shall be supported by a pier or post. All buildings shall be 
properly braced at the angles. 

The floor joists for all floors in dwellings, except the attics, shall 
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First and second floor joists not less than 2 inch x 8 inch — 16 
inches on center for a span of 14 feet or under; over 14 foot span joist 
must be 12 inches on center. All spans over 8 feet in width to be 
bridged in center w^ith one row of 1 inch x 3 inch bridging; over 13 feet 
in width to be bridged with two rows of 1 inch x 3 inch bridging. Floor 
joists for attics shall be not less than 2 inch x 6 inch — 18 inches on 
centers. 

Plates and Rafters 

Section 16. All dwellings over one story in height shall have plates 
not less than four by four inches, or the equivalent, and if over sixteen 
feet in width shall have rafters not less than two by six inches set not 
more than twenty inches on centers. 

No studding for any part of the outside walls of any building over 
one story in height shall be less than two by four inches and sixteen 
inches on centers. 

All boards which form any part of the frame of the building shall 
be nailed at each bearing with not less than two eight-penny nails, or 
the equivalent. 

Fire Protection of Woodwork 

Section 17. Woodwork shall be kept at least one inch away from 
the outside brick work of chimneys and in no case shall nails be driven 
into the masonry of a chimney for the support of woodwork. 

Smoke pipes from furnaces and heaters shall be kept at least 
eighteen inches away from any woodwork unless the woodwork is pro- 
tected to the satisfaction of the Building Inspector. 

Registers, connected with hot air furnaces shall be set in non- 
combustible borders, at least two inches wide. 

Steam pipes shall be kept at least one inch from all woodwork or 
shall be protected by an incombustible ring or tube, or rest on iron 
supports. 

Fire Stopping 

Section 18. Fire stopping shall be provided to form an effectual 
horizontal fire barrier between stories and roof spaces. The stopping 
shall consist of pieces of wood not less than two inches thick fitted 
tightly, cement mortar, or brick filling. Fire stopping shall not be con- 
cealed from view until opportunity has been given the Building In- 
spector to approve it. 

Before the chimney is plastered, a metal strip two inches wide on 
the floor, and turned up one-half inch against the chimney shall be 
provided at each floor level, including the attic. 

Opening in Party Walls 

Section 19. No opening or door-way shall be cut through a party 
or partition wall of any building without a permit from the Building 
Inspector, and when required by the Building Inspector every such 
doorway shall be protected by standard self-closing fire doors with 
approved fire resistive frame and hardware. 

Chimneys 

Section 20. Chimneys less than 8 inches thick shall have a tile 
flue lining covered with at least four inches of brickwork. Top of 
chimney shall be capped with cement, tile or stone. 

Roofs 

Section 21. No part of any roof shall be constructed in such a 
manner as to discharge snow, ice or other material upon a public street. 

Any roof hereafter constructed in the town of Swampscott, shall 
be covered with a fire-resistive material such as metal, tile, slate, as- 
bestos shingles, or surfaced asphalt shingles. If asphalt shingles are 



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used, they shall weigh not less than 235 pounds per hundred square 
feet laid or 74 pounds per hundred square feet of material not laid. 

The roofs of all public buildings hereafter erected or constructed, 
and the roof of any existing public building hereafter recovered, shall 
be covered and roofed with non-combustible or fire-retarding material 
as above. 

Whenever twenty-five per cent, or more of a roof covering is here- 
after replaced, the new covering shall be one of the fire resistive mate- 
rials mentioned above. 

Penalty for Violation 

Section 22. Whoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter 
shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $20 for each offense. 



CHAPTER II— "B" 
Town Meetings 

Section 1. The annual town meeting shall be held on the third 
Monday in February in each year. For the election of officers, at said 
annual town meeting, or at any special town meeting, unless otherwise 
provided by law, polls shall be open at six o'clock in the forenoon and 
shall remain open until six o'clock at night. After the counting and 
declaration of votes for officers at an annual town meeting, said meeting 
shall be adjourned to the second Tuesday next thereafter at 7:45 P. M.. 
and at which time, and at any further adjournment thereof, the remain- 
ing articles of the warrant shall be taken up. 

Section 2. Notice of every town meeting shall be given by posting 
attested copies of the warrant for the same in at least two public places 
in each precinct, and by mailing such warrant to each town meeting 
member, not less than seven days before the day appointed for said 
meeting. Notice of the adjournment of any town meeting shall be ad- 
vertised by the town clerk at least once in a newspaper or newspapers 
published in Swampscott and, in case such adjournment is for a period 
of more than five days, notice shall be mailed to each town meeting 
member at least one day prior to the date set for the adjourned meeting. 

Section 3. The Town Clerk shall send a copy of the warrant for 
every town meeting to each town meeting meml3er as soon as said 
warrant is drawn and printed. 

Section 4. The proceedings of town meetings shall be governed 
by the rules of practice contained in Cushing's manual of parliamentary 
practice, except as the same may be modified by law or by these by- 
laws. 

Section 5. The Moderator shall preside and regulate the proceed- 
ings, decide all questions of order, make public declaration of all votes. 
If a vote so declared is immediately questioned, the Moderator may. 
and if immediately questioned by seven or more voters, he shall verity 
it by polling the voters or by dividing the meeting. In polling the 
voters, the Moderator shall appoint tellers, and voters in the affirmative 
and in the negative respectively shaU be requested to rise and stand until 
they are counted by the tellers, and the tellers shall make report of said 
count to the Moderator, who shall then announce the vote. 

Section 6. If a two-thirds vote of a town meeting is required by 
law, a count shall be taken, and the vote shall be recorded in the records- 
by the Clerk; but if the vote is unanimous, a count need not be taken 
and the Clerk shall record the vote as unanimous. 

Section 7. No person shall address a town meeting without leave 
of the Moderator, and all persons shall, at the request of the Moderator, 
be silent. If a person, after warning from the Moderator, persists in 
disorderly behaviour, the Moderator may order him to withdraw from 
the meeting and. if he does not withdraw may order his removal. 



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Section 8. Upon a question of order any town meeting member 
may appeal from the decision of the Moderator to the meeting; and 
upon such appeal, the grounds thereof shall be briefly stated and the 
question shall be decided by the meeting without debate. 

Section 9. When any article in the warrant is under consideration, 
the meeting may decide to vote by ballot upon such article. In such 
case, at the close of debate on said article, the Moderator shall state 
the question, as finally determined upon motions and amendments, and 
the town Clerk shall prepare and distribute ballots to enable the town 
meeting members to vote Yes or No upon such question. Said ballot 
shall be collected and counted by the Moderator and such persons as 
he may then and there delegate, and the Moderator shall then announce 
the vote. When a vote is taken by such ballot the meeting shall not 
then be polled under section five. 

Section 10. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be 
received except a motion to adjourn the meeting, to vote by ballot, lay 
on the table, to commit or refer, to amend, to postpone to a day certain, 
or to postpone indefinitely, or a motion for the previous question. No 
town meeting member shall speak upon the same question more than 
twice, nor more than twenty minutes, without first obtaining leave of 
the meeting, except for the correction of an error, or to make an ex- 
planation. 

Section 11. Articles in the warrant shall be acted upon in their 
order, unless two or more articles relate to the same subject matter, 
when they may be considered jointly. 

Section 12. No motion to dissolve a town meeting shall be in 
order until ever}- article in the warrant therefor has been duly con- 
sidered and acted upon. 

Section 13. All motions submitted for the consideration of the 
meeting involving the expenditure of mone}', the creation of a debt, 
or the disposal of town property shall be in writing, except motions to 
adopt recommendations for the above mentioned purposes which are 
contained in a written report. All other motions shall be in writing 
if required by the Moderator. 

Section 14. No motion or proposition, unless germane to the sub- 
ject under consideration, shall be admitted under color of amendment. 

Section 15. Any voter may call for a division of a question when 
the sense will admit of it. 

Section 16. The motions to adjourn, to lay on the table, to take 
from the table, for the previous question and for yeas and nays, shall 
be decided without debate. 



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Tree Warden 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

During the present year a large part of the work of the Tree 
Warden's Department was devoted to removing such dead trees as 
were found along the streets and sidewalks of the town or any that 
were in an unsafe condition and therefore dangerous to the public. 
There were thirty of these in all taken down in various parts of the 
town. A careful investigation of the street tr^es was also made and all 
dangerous limbs were removed. To take the place of these trees which 
were removed, in most cases, other trees were planted in their places 
and in addition trees were placed on residential streets where they 
would eventually add to the attractiveness of those thoroughfares. The 
number of trees thus planted was 134, these being taken from the 
nursery in the rear of the cemetery. Each tree was provided with a 
wire tree guard. All old tree guards were adjusted and wounds oc- 
curring from mechanical injuries were treated. Only three cases of 
damage from escaping illuminating gas were found, and these were all 
on Norfolk avenue. Time will tell whether the trees were seriously 
injured. It is hoped that the damage was caught in time to prevent 
serious injury. 

Respectfully submitted, 

BERNARD B. KENNEDY, 

Tree Warden. 

Forest Warden 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

The year 1931 was another year of extreme dry conditions, and as 
a result there were 80 forest fires recorded, none of which was of a 
serious nature. The caution of the State Forester against the throwing 
of lighted cigars and cigarettes near the woods is repeated. There 
were 273 permits issued for out of door fires. 

Respectfully submitted, 

BERNARD B. KENNEDY, 

Forest Warden. 

Moth Superintendent 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

The first work of the year 1931 was the purchase of the Ford truck 
by the town for the joint use of the Moth and Tree Warden's depart- 
ment. The late superintendent, Everett P. Mudge, had purchased in 
1930 a new Ford truck with the intention of using it in the work. His 
sickness and death prevented this and the work of that year was carried 
on with the old truck. With the advice and consent of the Board of 
Selectmen and the co-operation of the Finance Committee this truck 
was purchased and is now the property of the town. As soon as these 
negotiations had been completed attention was turned to the purchase 
of the power sprayer authorized in 1930, and this was constructed to 



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fit the body of the new truck. It was not till early May that the sprayer 
was delivered, and the cold and rain of that month prevented the spray- 
ing from being carried on as successfully as had been hoped. 

In this connection, it might be stated that the charges made for 
spraying which appear on the tax bills of 1931 are largely for work 
done the previous year, and charges for any spraying done in 1931 will 
appear on the tax bills for 1932. The charges on the 1931 bills were 
for spraying done in 1930 and moth work in 1931, as reported on the 
books of the late warden, as prepared by the late Joseph F. Curtis, who 
had kept the books for many years. 

During the latter part of August the Oriental Moth which was 
brought into this country from Japan and appears to have established 
itself in parts of Boston and vicinity, began to appear at various points 
along the coast. Specimens were found in some 20 or 25 Norway 
maples in Swampscott and these infested trees were carefully sprayed. 
As winter approached the cocoons were cut off and burned. 

No defoliation of the trees because of moths occurred in town, and 
it is therefore evident that the department has the situation well in hand. 
In some places nests of the fall web worm have been noted and in all 
cases where notice is received these nests will be cut off and burned 
by the department without charge. 

Respectfully submitted. 

BERNARD B. KENNEDY. 

Moth Superintendent. 



Superintendent of Cemetery 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit my sixteenth report as Superinten- 
dent of the Swampscott Cemetery. 

The number of interments for the year was 65. The amount re- 
ceived by the town for sale of lots with perpetual care was $2,874.00, 
and for perpetual care of lots previously sold. $405.00. 

Thirty-five new lots were completed during the year, giving plenty 
of available lots for the present. There is still, however, a shortage of 
single graves. Many of the new lots were sold during the year. New 
shrubs and trees were planted in the new part, thus relieving the bare 
look that would otherwise mark the new part of the cemetery. Several 
of the old trees in the older section were taken down and' new trees 
substituted. The outside woodwork of the chapel was newly painted 
during the summer, as was also the tool house. The three gates were ' 
repainted. The imperative need is now for single graves, and these 
should be arranged for next year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

THOMAS HANDLEY, 
Superintendent of Cemetery. 



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[Dec. 31 



Jury List 

Approved January 7, 1932 



In accordance with Section 9 of Chapter 234 of the General Laws, 
the following jury list is published in the annual town report: 



NAME 




RESIDENCE 


OCCUPATION 


A born, rloward Jd. 


6 


Orchard Circle 


Salesman 


Adams, Forrest M. 


3 


Sheridan rd. 


Insurance 


Atkins, Samuel 


118 


Burrill st. 


Cutter 


Andrews, Neil M. 
Atwood, Joseph 


24 Redington st. 


T _ J. 

Inspector 


90 Aspen rd. 


Insurance 


Baker, John M. 


32 Hampden st. 


Engineer 


Joassett, rlerbert r. 


12 


Banks Cir. 


Clerk 


Bates, Leonard H. 


9 


Boynton st. 


Bookkeeper 


Berry, Carl J. 


39 


Essex ave. 


Cost engmeer 


Bickford, Frank 1. 


137 


Burrill st. 


Radio 


Biggers, James M. 


80 


Middlesex ave. 


Salesman 


Blacktord, J. liervey Al. 


36 Maple ave. 


Salesman 


Blaisdell, Lennarde C 


12 


Xason rd. 


Undertaker 


Blanchard. r^hilip A. 


25 


Farragut rd. 


Salesman 


rJlane}', rlarold C 


20 


Norfolk ave. 


Restaurateur 


Booma, bcott C 


100 


Stetson ave. 


.Shoe operator 


Breed, Robert W. 


19 


Orchard rd. 


Insurance 


Brougham, George R. 


1 


Suffolk ave. 


Retired 


Brown, Cardella D. 


28 


Millett rd. 


Electrical engineer 


Brown, Chester A. 


19 


Middlesex ave. 


Architect 


Brown, William H. 


14 


Elliott St. 


Meat business 


Burk, Michael F. 


187 


Burrill st. 


Architect 


Burke, Edward F. 


89 Redington st. 


Shoeworker 


Tj ;i1 /"I 1 TUT 

Burnll. Lharles W. 


34 Maple ave. 


Civil engineer 


Butterworth, Charles W. 


5 


Crescent st. 


Insurance 


Carr, Edward P. 


70 


Paradise rd. 


Retired 


Carter, William E. 


269 


Humphre}' st. 


Salesman 


Chaisson, Joseph 


27 


Blanev st. 


Boat builder 


Chapman, Willis B. 


322 Humphrev st. 


O 1 

Salesman 


Childs, Ray H. 


68 


Stetson ave. 


Electrician 


Coleman, Lewis A. 


6 


Minerva st. 


Millwright 


Condon. Everett E. 


.^5 


Grant rd. 


Engineer 


Connelly, Ra3"mond P. 


11 


El win rd. 


Sole sorter 


Conway, Charles E. 


37 


Stanwood rd. 


Retired 


Corrow. Thomas 


14 


Shaw rd. 


Salesman 


Costigan, Michael F. 


59 


.Millett rd. 


Treasurer 


Critcherson, Guy H. 


30 


Beach ave. 


Bookkeeper 


Crocker, Louis N. 


106 


X^orfolk ave. 


Shoe cutter 


Davis. Weaker A. 


45 


Orchard rd. 


Manager 


Delano, Clarence B. 


10 


Stone ct. 


Retired 


Doane, Lero}- J. 


679 


Humphrey st. 


Salesman 


Doherty, Warren 


52 


Redington st. 


Cutter 


Dought}'. Chas. Sanford 


41 


Roy St. 


Salesman 


Doughty. Harold W. 


15 


Buena \'ista st. 


Hardware dealer 


Durkee. Harold A. 


28 


Puritan ave. 


Manufacturer 


Earn. John B. 


87 


Farragut rd. 


Manager 


Frickson. A. Wentworth 


62 


Elmwood rd. 


Retired 


Ftter. Tames F. 


54 


Stetson ave. 


Salesman 


Fay. Wm. L. 


19 


Pleasant st. 


Plumber 


Finch. Clarence M. 


22 


Thomas rd. 


Mechanical engineer 



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NAME 




RESIDENCE 


OCCUPATION 


Folsom, Frank H. 
Forbes, Stanley D. 


468 


Humphrej'^ st. 


Salesman 


25 


Palmer ave. 


Merchant 


Frye, Roy H. 


2 


Valley rd- 


Shoemaker 


Gallup, Charles N. 


53 


Blaney st. 


Salesman 


Gough, Joseph H. 


10 


Bay View Drive 


Photographer 


Griffin, Hulbert C. 


62 


Roy St. 


Manufacturer 


Hackett, Leon A. 


67 


Monument ave. 


Mill agent 


Hardy, Elmer A. 


84 


Essex St. 


Salesman 


Hatch, Chester F. 


26 


Puritan rd. 


Mechanic 


Hiland, J. Henry 


68 


Aspen rd. 


Teller 


Holden, Horace C. 


6 


Greenwood ave. 


Manager 


Homan, John 


69 


Oceanview rd. 


Engineer 


Hoover, Samuel S. 


129 


Elmwood rd. 


Salesman 


Hutchinson, Harry G. 
Jackson, Edward L. 


66 


Redington st. 


Painter 


10 


Berkshire st. 


Printer 


Kehoe, Walter L. 


34 


Mapledale pi. 


Fisherman 


Knowles, Frankland W. 


40 


Magnolia rd. 


Storekeeper 


Lewis, Arthur C. 


25 


Orchard rd. 


Leather 


Lewis, Gardner L. 


1 


Bond St. 


Salesman 


Linden, Frederick E. 


9 


Hillcrest Cir. 


Chemist 


Lowell, Ernest W. 


11 


Bay View Drive 


Agent 


McFarlane, Wm. H. 


184 


Burrill st. 


Clerk 


Manchester, William D. 


17 


Greenwood ter. 


Civil engineer 


Marsh, Clarence O. 


7 


Bay View Drive 


Clerk 


Merchant, John T. 


29 


Blaney st. 


Manager 


Miles, Douglas S. 


133 


Paradise rd. 


Salesman 


Morley, Lester B. 


26 


Minerva st. 


Accountant 


Morse, Harold E, 


292 


Humphrey st. 


Contractor 


Nason, James 


25 


Orchard Cir. 


Builder 


O'Brien, Vincent P. 


202 


Humphrey st. 


Accountant 


Osborne, John H. 


80 


Atlantic ave. 


Merchant 


Parker, J. Edgar 


47 


Millett rd. 


Manufacturer 


Perry, Willis C. 


168 


Aspen rd. 


Salesman 


Phillips, Earle A. 


17 


Puritan rd. 


Salesman 


Pope, Roger W. 


52 


Bay View Drive 


Plumber 


Pote, Winston H. 
Powers, John E. C. 


119 


Paradise rd. 


Photographer 


40 


Norfolk ave. 


Cutter 


Redfern, Donald 
Rideout, George F. 


292 


Humphrey st. 


Salesman 


19 


Maple ave. 


Salesman 


Ross, Leland M. 


16 


Curry Cir. 


Accountant 


Rowen, T. Carlton 


90 


Mountwood rd. 


Engineer 


Sprague, Lowell E. 


36 


Orchard rd. 


Salesman 


Sullivan, Fred R. 


151 


Burrill st. 


Carpenter 


Sutherland, Holton J. 


10 


Norfolk ave. 


Manufacturer 


Sutherland, John H. 


16 


Clark rd. 


Manufacturer 


Sutherland, William H. 


10 


Bond St. 


Builder 


Titus. Alfred H. 


6 


Dennison ave. 


Builder 


Underwood, Louis E. 


52 


Burrill st. 


Electrical engineer 


''ose, riaroia J-.. 




Beach Bluff ave. 


Real estate 


Webber, Leslie J. 


63 


Stetson ave. 


Clerk and musician 


Willard, Arthur E. 


107 


Redington st. 


Civil engineer 


Woodbury, Wilbur L. 


1 


Ellis ter. 


Salesman 


Ximiness, Leon F. 


99 


Windsor ave. 


Laborer 


Young, Edmund, Jr. 


11 


Porter pi. 


Clerk 



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[Dec. 31 



3n iM^momm 



GEORGE BURNHAM LEARNED 

Sitting member and Chairman of Board of Fire Engineers, 
appointed March 1, 1925. 

Died September 9. 1931. 
MARTIN EDWARD NIES 

Member of General Court, House of Representatives, 1887. 
Died November 17, 1931. 

LOUISE C. STANLEY 

Member of Librarv Trustees from Februarv 21. 1921, to Feb- 
ruary 25. 1929." 

Died December 20, 1931. 

TOWN MEETING MEMBERS 

George B. Learned. Precinct Five, died September 9, 1931. 
Fred A. McKennon, Precinct Two, died August 7, 1931. 
Martin E. Nies. Precinct Two. died November 17. 1931. 



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Board of Selectmen 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

The Board of Selectmen submits herewith its annual report for 
the year 1931, together with the reports of all other officers, boards 
and committees submitted in accordance with the by-laws. There is 
also appended the budget of appropriations asked for the conduct of 
the various departments during the year 1932. 

Swampscott's Finances 

The town of Swampscott is in excellent financial condition. There 
are no outstanding taxes of 1929. For 1930 the amount outstanding is 
but $2,993.47. The amount of 1931 taxes outstanding is $123,343.13. 
This shows that over 79.8% of the levy of last year has already been 
collected. This compares favorably with previous years when there 
was no financial stringency. 

We have a borrowing capacity of $199,257.82. Our total debt is 
$755,350. This is 3.2% of the town's valuation. If the water debt of 
$63,000, which is paid entirely from water receipts, is excluded, the 
debt is 2.9% of the valuation. 

The cash on hand January 1, 1931, was $132,131.45. On January 
1, 1932, it was $131,568.12. Our books have already been audited for 
the year 1931 by the accountants from the State Department of Cor- 
porations and Taxation. This audit was completed on January 22, 1932. 

For several years the town has been run upon an economical and 
conservative basis. Overdrafts are unknown. There are no outstanding 
bills payable. The Board of Selectmen believes that Swampscott citi- 
zens need have no fear concerning its municipal finances as long as 
the course which has already been set is followed. 

Artesian Well at Swampscott Highlands 

This subject has occupied much time and thought. At a special 
meeting held December 4, 1930, the town voted, upon recommendation 
of the Finance Committee, to authorize the Board of Selectmen of that 
year to enter into a contract for the building of a well, fountain and 
approaches and appropriated five thousand dollars ($5000) therefor. 

The board of that year, therefore, entered into a contract on 
December 12, 1930, with B. F. Smith & Co., of Boston, for the comple- 
tion of an artesian well at a cost of $9.50 per linear foot, and the well 
had been located and was under construction when the present Board 
of Selectmen assumed its duties in February, 1931. 

On April 17, 1931, the Town Engineer reported that the well had 
gone to a depth of 240 feet and it was inadvisable to go further, as 
that depth provides 20 gallons per minute on a trial of three hours and 
six or seven gallons per minute indefinitely. The well was completed 
and a pump placed in position. The water at first was of^ a grayish 
color due to the accumulation of the dust from the drilling at the 
bottom of the well. When the well had been cleared of this dust the 
water was clear and seemed satisfactory. 

On August 15, 1931, the board received a letter from the Health 
Officer forbidding the use of the well until it has been adequately 
chlorinated in accordance with the following letter from the Commis- 
sioner of Public Health: 

"In response to your request the Department of Public Health has 
caused an examination to be made of the deep tubular well drilled near 



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[Dec. 31 



Windsor avenue, in what is known as the Swampscott Highlands 
section of the town of Swampscott, and has caused samples of the 
water to be analj'zed. 

"This well consists of a 10-inch and 6-inch well casing 'sunk to a 
depth of about 240 feet, and in driving an effort has been made to seal 
off the entrance of surface drainage and to permit water to enter the 
well only at depths of more than 27 feet below the surface of the 
ground. This well is located in a rather thickly settled part of the 
town of Swampscott where there are considerable outcrops of ledge. 
The ground in the vicinity of some of the houses in that section is 
polluted by sewage discharged into the ground. 

"The results of the analyses of a number of samples of the water 
collected during the months of ^larch. June and July of this year show 
that the water is hard and that some of the water entering the well has 
been previously polluted and not wholh' purified in its passage through 
the ground. At the time of the most recent examination the water 
contained no objectionable bacteria, but it is the experience of the 
department that water from wells located in rock is of variable quality 
and it is possible for the water of such wells to be polluted from sources 
remote from the well. Under the circumstances, the department cannot 
approve the use of the water of this well for drinking and other domes- 
tic purposes unless the water is adequately chlorinated." 

The subject of chlorination was ordered investigated by the engi- 
neer, and while this was going on he reported that he had found the 
pump filled with small stones about one-half inch in diameter and it 
would be necessary to dismantle the pump and take the pipe out before 
the well could be put in operation again. The Water and Sewerage 
Board assisted in the work of clearing the well. 

At a meeting in November, at which the Town Counsel, the Town 
Engineer, Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Board. Heahh Officer 
and Surveyor of Highways were present, it w^as decided that the Town 
Engineer should have a report ready for action at the next meeting 
for the completion of the chlorination of the well, it being the feelins: 
of the board that it would be best to spend the amount on hand in 
completing the work so as to allow the State to again pass on the well. 

However, it was reported that a vote had been taken by the resi- 
dents of the district affected and they had unanimously decided that 
they did not desire any further action on the pump and would not use 
the water after it was provided. The secretary was then instructed to 
send a letter to every property owner in the district, asking whether 
the}- were in favor of the installation of a chlorination olant and 
whether they would use the water if it was so chlorinated. Sixty-three 
letters were sent out: 19 replies were received: 18 replies were asainst 
chlorination and one (a resident of Brockton) was in favor. All 19 
replies on use were negative. No further action toward the chlorina- 
tion of the well was taken. The amount exoended on the well was 
$2,844.48. leaving a balance on hand of $2,155.52. 

Unemployment Relief 

The question of unemployment relief is one that is worthy of con- 
siderable thought by all who are concerned with municipal expendi- 
tures. It is one that concerns every member of the community, be- 
cause in the final analysis every resident must of necessitv bear some 
part of the burden. That there is need of something of this nature in 
the life of the community is without question. The real problem is. to 
what extent the relief shall be carried. The community cannot afford 
to be too generous, neither would it be just to be too niggardly. Ex- 
perience has shown that there are some who have no hesitancy in 
looking to the town for relief the minute they become out of work. 
There are others who have work that is seasonal: that is. can be 
carried on only during the spring, summer and early fall. A small 
number of these as soon as unemployment relief is open desire to be 



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181 



taken on the payrolls to the exclusion of those, who through various 
causes, have been forced to ask for relief. 

The endeavor of the town has been to give jobs to reheve actual 
necessity, rather than to make employment continuous throughout the 
year. 

The work has been handled at the request of the board, by 
Clarence W. Horton, secretary of the Board of Public Welfare. It is 
a difficult task. It is obviously impossible to give every man who 
applies a job and it is necessary to sift out the ones whose needs are 
greatest. In particular cases complaint is inevitable. The board believes 
that for every case of dissatisfaction inquiry to the proper official will 
give an adequate explanation of the town's position. The board feels 
that no person who can register an automobile on January 1 and run 
it during the month of January should be allowed to deprive some one 
less fortunate of a chance to work. The one upsetting feature of the 
call for unemployment relief is the reappearance upon the list of appli- 
cants of some persons from year to year who seem to accept it as an 
established fact that the town will provide them work throughout the 
winter. It also should be borne in mind that unemployment relief has 
no relation to Public Welfare relief. 

Parking Rules 

During the summer the board was faced with a problem to prevent 
the exclusion of the townspeople from Blaney Beach by parties from 
out of town who would come to Swampscott by automobile early in 
the day and remain all day and occupy all available parking space. 
Also residents of Humphrey street were deprived of the use of the 
space in front of their properties because of these all day parkers. A 
one hour parking rule was adopted on Humphrey street, from Reding- 
ton street to the Administration Building, except on the beach side 
adjoining Blaney Beach, and this served to relieve the situation some- 
what along the main thoroughfare, though it also created a counter 
congestion along the side streets within a quarter mile of the beach. 
A solution of this problem is yet to be worked out. 

Lightless Parking 

During the year the board decided that lightless parking could 
safely be allowed on Humphrey street, between the monument and the 
Administration Building. It has not deemed it safe to allow it on any 
■other street in town. Lightless parking is not only illegal but decidedly 
dangerous on any other street than Humphrey street. 

Restraint of Dogs 

Throughout the summer, for a period of 90 days, all dogs in town 
were ordered restrained by the board. This was done at the request 
of the State Board of Health, primarily because Swampscott was one 
of the six towns or cities in the State which had reported actual cases 
of rabies. 

Honor Roll 

At the request of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign 
Wars, the honor roll, erected on the Town Hall lawn in 1919 as a 
temporary mark of respect to the veterans, was removed. It had served 
its purpose, was beginning to be in a dilapidated condition and had 
ceased to be anything but an eyesore in the minds of the veterans 
because of its many inaccuracies and slighted appearance. It should 
be replaced by a permanent meinorial of an artistic and attractive 
nature. 



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Permanent Intermittent Police 

During the 3'ear the board appointed three permanent intermittent 
special police; that is, men who may be used from time to time for 
special police work. These men had all passed the civil service exam- 
inations. The men and their ratings were as follows: Warren J. 
Doherty, 89.40; Frederick J. Rowe, 80.23; Robert L. Cunningham, 82.79. 

Veterans' Council 

Leon E. Abbott Post 57, the American Legion, and Joseph L. 
Stevens Post 1240, Veterans of Foreign Wars, have entered into an 
agreement establishing the \'eterans' Council of Swampscott, made up of 
two members of each post for a period of two years, the purpose of 
the Council being to avoid conflict of dates and to harmonize the 
working together of the two veteran organizations. The Board of 
Selectmen has been very glad to recognize the Council and to consider 
with it any matters appertaining to the veterans. 

Previous to the organization of the Council the board in confer- 
ence with the Commanders of the Post agreed that on Memorial Day 
the outfits will alternate in naming the Chief Marshal and having the 
right of line, the organization naming the Chief Marshal to also have 
the right of line. Commander Jenkins of the Legion suggested that 
the Veterans have the right of line this year (1931) and the Legion 
in 1932, and this was agreed upon. The board assumes that the 
Veterans' Council will continue this agreement. 

George Washington Memorial 

This year, 1932, is the year of the commemoration of the 200th 
anniversary of the birth of George Washington. The board suggests 
that the occasion be marked by the town in connection with its cele- 
bration of the Fourth of Juh'. 

Change of Meeting Night 

During the summer the board tried the experiment of meeting 
Thursday evenings instead of Friday, as had been the custom. This 
plan allows for a full day following the meeting in which to carry out 
the votes of the board, arrange necessary advertising and notices of 
hearings for the following week and in general works out for the best 
interest of the town. The other boards joined in changing their nights, 
and after the experimental period it was made a permanent municipal 
feature, and Thursday night is now the established meeting night 
at Town Hall. 



ADMINISTRATIVE 

Bonds of Town Officers 

Bonds of the following officers are given by the American Suret}^ 
Co. of New York, in the amounts stated: 

Ralph D. Merritt, Collector of Taxes $46,000.00 

(Massachusetts Bonding & Insurance Co.) 

James W. Libby, Town Treasurer 46,000.00 

The above amounts are set bv the State. 

Ralph D. Merritt, Town Clerk ' 1,000.00 

Ralph D. Merritt, Collector of Water Rates 5,000.00 

James W. Libby, Custodian of Trust Funds 10,000.0a 

Licenses 

Auctioneers 

Carl O. Kratz, 27 Xew Ocean street 
George W. Smith, 11 Hardy road 
George W. Foster, 50 Brad'lee avenue 
Ernest M. Folger, 73 Oceanview road 
Earl E. Wells, 2 Neighborhood road 



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183 



Bowling Alley 

James D. Bentley, 217 Burrill street 
Express 

Willis E. Shephard, 645 Humphrey street, with Sunday privileges 
Joseph W. Bruley, 26 Puritan road 
E. G. Bean, 430 Humphrey street 
Dunham Express, 125 Stetson avenue 
Emilio larrobino, 670 Humphrey street 

William H. Carroll, 148 Burrill street, with Sunday privileges 
Harvey H. Beadle, 268 Eastern avenue, Lynn 
Swampscott Transportation Co., 21 Suffolk avenue 
Thorner's Express, 12 Harris street, Marblehead 
Borden Express Co., 18 Eastman avenue 
John A. Boston, 65 Pine street 
Common Victualers 

Wilfred N. Hobdon, 400 Humphrey street 

William E. Johnson, Charles A. Messier and Geo. Ingalls, 408-410 

Humphrey street 
Samuel Levitsky, 416 Humphrey street 
Sunbeam Inn, 1010 State road 
The Castle (Little), 1001 State road 
Gen. Glover Farm Teahouse, Salem and Tedesco streets 
St. Clair's Inc., 146 Humphrey street 
Nell Martin, 198 Humphrey street 
Anita M. Grover, 1008 State road 
Wilfred N. Hobdon, 400 Humphrey street 
Burrill St. Pharmacy, 105 Burrill street 
Mida M. Giles, 29 Essex street 
Bruno D. Himberg, 1 Marshall street 
Mabel P. Bruce, 27 New Ocean street 
Innholders 

Deer Cove Inn, Robert A. Nordblom, Pres., 747 Humphrey street 
Hotel Bellevue, Antonio and Leila Tuttle Squillari, 1092 Humphrey 
street 

Prescott Cliff, Catherine J. Wade, 175 Humphrey street 

Hotel Preston, North Stone road 

New Ocean House, Inc., 208 Puritan road 

King's Beach Inn, George Roche, 80 Humphrey street 

The Samovar, Deborah R. Rubinovitz, Gertrude Talcoff, 28 Clare- 
mont terrace 
Junk Dealers 

Nathan E. Zletz, 97 Eastman avenue 

Jacob Goldberg, 26 Elm Place 

Louis Zletz, 26 Cherry street 
Hawkers and Peddlers 

Sperior Kolatsonis, 18 Richmond Place, Lynn 

Morton H. Lown, 18 Maddison avenue, Lynn 
Used Car Dealers 

Surfside Motors Inc., 465 Humphrey street 

Oceanside Garage, William Welch, 12-24 Pine street 

Peter Larsen, Cor. State road 
Pool Tables 

James D. Bentley, 217 Burrill street 

Joseph F. Crowell, 424 Humphrey street 
Taxi 

Joseph W. Bruley, 26 Puritan road (2) 
William H. Carroll, 148 Burrill street (3) 
Harry A. Tirrell. 145 Burrill street (1) 
John E. Burns, 489 Humphrey street (2) 
Liquor License 

Nathan G. Bubier, 222 Humphrey street 



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Zoning permits 
The Barrett Co. 
H. J. Thompson 
Connell & McDermott 
Surfside Motors Inc. (2) 
Doucett & Bezanson 
Paul and Marion Arribea (2) 
Edwin M. Gerould 

Green lavern Cafe (WilHam E. Johnson) 

Lottie E. PhiUips 

Puritan Cafe (Samuel Levitsky) 

Rocco Pascucci 

Harry L. Mooers 

^lary Caroh'n Book Shop 

Alicia Griffin 

Disco Art Service (Robert G. Hall and Richard S. Valpey), 424 

Humphrey street 
Mabel P. Bruce, 27 Xew Ocean street 
Lewis & Mabel Raquet, 260 Humphrey street 
Peter Larsen, Cor, State road 
Rita R. Robinson 
Ida Rubenstien 
First National Stores Inc. 
Alvin D. Hanscom 
Abraham Hebert 
Joseph G. Reed 

Board of Survey 

During the year the Board of Survey has approved the following 
plan: Allan road. 

THE TOWN BUDGET 

The following are the amounts requested by the various officers, 
boards and committees for the conduct of their departments during 
the year 1932: 



General Government 



Legislative 


$420.00 


Selectmen 


3,900.00 


Selectmen's Contingent Fund 


500.00 


Accounting 


3,500.00 


Treasury 


2.503.00 


Certification of Notes and Bonds 


500.00 


Collector of Taxes 


4,077.83 


Board of Assessors 


5.700.00 


Town Clerk 


808.00 


Election and Registration 


4,020.00 


Engineering- 


7,600.00 


Town Hall 


4,830.00 


Law 


1.500.00 


Board of Appeals 


250.00 


Planning Board 


350.00 


Protection of Persons and Property 


Police 


$44,124.00 


Fire 


45,270.00 


Moth 


5,000.00 


Tree Warden 


3,300.00 


Forest Warden 


200.00 



$40,458.83 



Amount carried forward 



$40,458.83 



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Amount brought forward 

Inspector of Buildings $1,390.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 580.00 

Care of Prisoners 100.00 

Subordinate Officials 630.00 



Health and Sanitation 



Health $8,338.00 

Health Xurse 1,350.00 

Cleaning Beaches 1,250.00 

Sewer 9,965.00 

Refuse and Garbage 10,800.00 

Health Dumps 1,650.00 

Dental Clinic 1,400.00 

Particular Sewers 500.00 

Brooks 500.00 



Highway and Bridges 



Highway Administration 


$3,280.00 


Highway 


47,500.00 


Seal Coating 


5,000.00 


Street Watering and Oiling 


5,000.00 


Sidewalks and Curbing 


4,000.00 


Snow and Ice 


10,000.00 


Continuous Sidewalks 


15,000.00 


Lighting Streets 


24,500.00 


New Equipment 


1,200.00 


Street Construction 


3,000.00 


Street Resurfacing 


8,000.00 



Charities 



Public Welfare $15,000.00 

Old Age Assistance 5,000.00 

Soldiers' Relief . 10.000.00 

State and MiHtarv Aid 800.00 

Pensions 3,897.80 

Burnett Fund 1,144.00 



Schools and Libraries 

Schools $203,175.00 

Library 11,500.00 

Traveling expenses outside State 100.00 



Recreation and Unclassified 



Parks $11,900.00 

Memorial Day 500.00 

Firemen's Memorial Day 200.00 

Heat and Light G. A. R. and V. F. W. Hall 875.00 

District Nurse 300.00 

Legion Lease 1,340.00 

Trust Fund Custodian's Bond 40.00 

Reserve Fund 5,000.00 

Printing Town Reports 1,350.00 

Insurance 4,047.28 

Veterans' Exemption 50.00 



$40,458.83 



$100,594.00 



35,753.00 



126,480.00 



35,841.80 



214,775.00 



25,602.28 



Amount carried forward 



$579,504.91 



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Amount brought forward $579,504.91 

Enterprises 

Water $66,916.00 

Cemetery 5,665.00 



Interest and Maturing Debt 

Interest: 

Loans in Anticipation of Revenue $7,500.00 

General Debt 23,169.75 

Sewer Bonds 4,739.75 

T. B. Hospital Bonds 1,500.00 



Municipal Indebtedness: 

General Debt $44,502.23 

Sewer Bonds 13,850.00 

T. B. Hospital Bonds 3,000.00 



County of Essex: 

T. B. Hospital Addition $121.78 
Essex Sanatorium Assessment 6,621.36 



72,581.00 



36,909.50 



61,352.23 



6,743.14 



Emergency Sewer $1,500.00 1,500.00 

Emergency Water $2,500.00 2,500.00 



$761,090.78 



Respectfully submitted, 

R. WYER GREENE, 
HARRY E. HARDY, 
EDWARD LaCROIX, 

Board of Selectmen. 



1931] ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT 187 



Accounting Department 



THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

To the Board of Selectmen: 

In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 41 of the General 
Laws, I herewith submit the following report of the Accounting De- 
partment for the year ending December 31, 1931: 

Receipts 

Taxes: 

1929 Poll $14.00 



1929 Real Estate 3,099.49 



1930 Poll 38.00 
1930 Personal 1.035.13 
1930 Real Estate 95,589.59 



1931 Poll 6,096.00 
1931 Personal 27,635.02 
1931 Real Estate 451,187.82 



$3,113.49 



96.662.72 



484,918.84 



Tax Titles 1,049.52 

$585,744.57 

Income Tax 1931 72,956.50 

Corporation Tax Ry. and Tel. 2,739.59 

Corporation Tax Business 6,154.93 

Corporation Tax Public Ser., 1930 29.36 

Corporation Tax Public Ser., 1931 3055.41 

Street Railway Tax, 1930 279.39 

Street Railway Tax, 1931 70.36 

National Bank Tax, 1929 33.53 

National Bank Tax, 1930 272.50 

National Bank Tax, 1931 1,384.95 

Trust Co. Tax, 1926 78.72 

Trust Co. Tax, 1927 13.62 

Trust Co. Tax, 1928 30.42 

Trust Co. Tax, 1930 47.75 

Trust Co. Tax, 1931 2,211.21 

Highway Tax 8,707.16 

Cambridge Traffic Art. Ref. 161.57 

98,226.97 98.226.97 



Licenses and Permits: 

Taxi 8.00 

Tunk 150.00 

Peddlers' 62.00 

Pool 4.00 

Bowling Alley 2.00 

Expenses 11.00 

Used Car Dealers 105.00 

Innholders 35.00 

Common Victualers 42.00 

Auctioneer 10.00 

Elevator 9.00 

Milk 40.50 

Alcohol 16.00 

Non-alcohol ' 20.00 



Amount carried forward 



$683,971.54 



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Amount brought forward 

Oleo-margarine $4.50 

Soap Grease 2.00 

Ice Cream 3.00 

Night Soil 2.00 

Hairdressing 5.00 

Driving range 2.00 

Liquor 1.00 



Fines and Forfeits: 

Court Fines 160.00 

Grants and Gifts: 

Dog Taxes from County 757.14 

Emergency Relief Football Game 120.97 



Excise Tax 1929 436.10 
Excise Tax 1930 1,424.43 
Excise Tax 1931 35,649.70 



Tax on Vessels 70.67 

Old Age Assistance 3,129.00 
Special Assessments: 

Moth, 1929 10.25 

Moth, 1930 ?>2>6.7'o 

Moth, 1931 2,176.50 



Sewers, 1929 7.41 

Sewers, 1930 1,581.38 

Sewers, 1931 6,419.38 

Unapportioned Sewers 15,463.78 



Sidewalks, 1930 448.12 
Sidewalks, 1931 899.05 
Unapportioned Sidewalks 1,190.75 



General Government: 
Selectmen 

Gasoline hearings 70.00 

Zoning hearings 65.00 

Sale of Maps 3.50 
Collector of Taxes 

Tax Receipts 24.00 

Town Costs 133.00 

Town Hall Receipts 190.00 

Board of Appeals hearings 55.00 



Protection of Persons and Propertv: 

Police 1.45 

Sealer of Weights & Measures' fees 89.26 

Building permits 171.00 



Health: 

Division of Sanatoria 1,053.22 
Sewer 12.10 



Highway: 

Removing snow State road 730.00 



Amount carried forward 



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189 



Amount brought forward 
Charities: 

ReHef given, from cities and towns $3,320.49 



ReHef given, from State 1,388.33 
Mothers' aid, from State 665.58 
Reimbursement by individuals 3.00 



Soldiers' Benefits: 

State Aid 468.00 
Military Aid 80.00 



Schools: 

Tuition State Wards 505.06 

Other Tuition 1,027.50 

English Speaking Classes 32.03 

Aid to Ind. Shoe School 238.09 

School receipts 153.19 



Library: 

Fines 408.72 
Park: 

Fish House rentals 403.50 
Cemeterv: 

Sale of lots 2,874.00 

Perpetual Care 405.00 
Care of lots not under 

perpetual care 102.00 



Water: 

Rates, 1928 14.93 

Rates, 1929 329.20 

Rates, 1930 9,614.54 

Rates, 1931 54,132.69 

Services 8,640.67 

Rent 480.00 

Interest 257.13 



Interest: 

On deposits 2,028.84 

On taxes 3,330.41 

On tax titles 28.34 

On excise taxes 143.88 

On sewer assessments 6.30 

Premium on bonds 2,395.00 



Municipal Indebtedness: 
Loans in Anticipation of 

Revenue 300,000.00 

Public Improvement Notes 50,000.00 



Trust Funds: 

Joanna Morse Library Fund 

Income 263.03 
Ellen R Whittle Library Fund 

Income 101.25 
Mary L Thomson Library Fund 

Income 50.63 
Phillips Medal Fund Income 42.67 
Cemetery Lots Fund Income 30.00 



$754,786.92 

$5,377.40 
548.00 



1,955.87 

408.72 

403.50 
11,291.02 

3,381.00 3.381.00 



73,469.16 73,469.16 



7,932.77 7,932.77 
350,000.00 350,000.00 



487.58 487.58 



Amount carried forward 



$1,201,348.45 



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Amount brought forward 
Refunds : 

Overpayments checks returned 

Check refused 

Insurance premiums refunded 



Receipts for year 
Balance January 1, 1931 

Total Receipts 



$1,201,348.45 

$74.29 
10.00 
392.45 

$476.74 476.74 



$1,201,825.19 
125,907.11 



$1,327,732.30 



TRANSFERS 



From Reserve Fund 


$2,194.85 




To Selectmen's Contingent Fund 




$1,500.00 


To Collector of Taxes 




201.12 


To Fire 




254.98 


To Heat and Light G. A. R. Hall 




128.25 


To Insurance 




110.50 


From Whitman Road Sewer 


56.28 




From Section A Sewer, 1930 


66.79 




From Section B Sewer, 1930 


3,915.52 




From Section C Sewer, 1930 


7,258.10 




From Section D Sewer, 1930 


3,065.27 




To Emergency Sewer 




14,361.96 


From Stanley Road Water 


83.47 




From Charlotte Road Water 


48.20 




To Emergency Water 




131.67 


From Emergency Sewer 






To Burpee Road Sewer 




150.00 


To Section A Sewer 




1,248.00 


To Section B Sewer 




3,640.00 


To Section C Sewer 




832.00 


X \j ^ \^\^ \. lyj 11 »^\^ vv \- 1 




208.00 


To Culvert 




572'.00 


From Section B Sewer 


11,985.77 




To Section B-2 Sewer 




11,985.77 


From Selectmen's Contingent Fund 


.31 




To Printing Town Reports 




.31 


From Salem Street Culverts 


97.94 




To Atlantic Road Culvert 




97.94 


From Phillips Avenue Roadway 


7,606.82 




To Phillips Avenue Roadway Extension 




7,606.82 


From Monument Avenue and Walker Road 


200.00 




To Phillips Avenue Roadway Extension 




200.00 


From Bay View Drive 


942.23 




To Barnstable Street 




392.23 


To Foster Road 




550.00 


From Minerva Street 


45.00 




To Barnstable Street 




45.00 


From Library Furnishings 


900.00 




To Library Repairs 




900.00 


From Water Receipts Reserved for 






Appropriation 


66,306.00 




To Water 




63,806.00 


To Emergency Water 




2,500.00 



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191 



Moderator, salary 
Finance Committee 
Printing reports 
Clerical assistance 
Miscellaneous 

Special Meetings 
Warrants 
Checkers 



EXPENDITURES 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 
Legislative 

$100.00 

24.25 
70.00 
30.88 



72.42 
10.00 



$100.00 



125.13 



82.42 



$307.55 



Salaries and Wages 
Selectmen 
Secretary 

Assistants 

Other Expenses 

Stationery and Postage 

Printing and Advertising 

Carfares, teams, etc. 

Furniture and fixtures 

Flowers 

Books 

Telephone 

Stencils 

Photos 

All other 



Selectmen's Department 



1,500.00 
300.00 
1,200.01 



157.43 
188.85 
90.15 
93.93 
26.00 
21.00 
29.61 
7.60 
10.50 
30.79 



3,000.01 



655.86 



3,655.87 



Selectmen's Contingent Fund 



Armistice Day 


50.21 


Transportation 


60.00 


Claims 


26.66 


Repairs to scales 


18.63 


Moving shrubs 


20.00 


Signs 


72.41 


Fence 


7.14 


Labor at Town Hall 


29.00 


Furniture 


102.00 


Changing lights Town Hall 


51.70 


All other 


15.50 



Salaries and Wages 
Accountant 
Assistants 



Accounting Department 



Other Expenses 
Binding books 
Stationery and Postage 
Printing and Advertising 
Telephone 
All other 



2,385.00 
998.66 



30.60 
21.65 
48.50 
19.15 
19.72 



453.25 



3,383.66 



453.25 



139.62 



3,523.28 



Amount carried forward 



$7,939.95 



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Amount brought forward 

Treasury Department 

Salaries and Wages 

Treasurer $1,200.00 
Assistant 400.00 



Other Expenses 

Stationer}' and Postage 
Printing and Advertising 
Bonds 
Insurance 

Carfare, teams, etc. 
All other 



80.92 
22.65 
230.00 
90.84 
9.50 
14.55 



$7,939.95 



$1,600.00 



448.46 



2.048.46 



Certification of Notes and Bonds 



Certifying 

Printing and Advertising 
All other 



68.00 
120.80 
9.00 



197.80 



197.80 



Collector of Taxes 



Salaries and Wages 
Collector 
Assistant 

Other Expenses 

Stationer}' and Postage 

Printing and Advertising 

Tax Titles 

Bonds 

Typewriter 

Insurance 

All Other 



1,500.00 
554.68 



201.40 
956.33 
311.50 
480.00 
102.13 
90.83 
4.25 



2,054.68 



2,146.44 



4.201.12 



Salaries and Wages 
Assessors 

Assistant Assessor 
Secretary 
Clerical assistance 



Assessors' Department 

1,800.00 
200.00 
100.00 

1,215.00 



Other Expenses 

Stationer}' and Postage 
Printing and Advertising 
Carfares, teams, etc. 
Telephone 

Furniture and Fixtures 
Abstract Deeds 
All other 
Maps and plans 
Typewriter 



112.33 
485.50 
113.63 
26.84 
33.25 
98.18 
20.21 
89.95 
99.75 



3,315.00 



1,079.64 



4.394.64 



Amount carried forward 



$18,781.97 



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193 



Amount brousht 



forward 
Town 



Salaries and Wages 
Town Clerk 
Assistant 
Elections 

Other Expenses 

Stationery and Postage 
Printing and Advertisins 
Oaths 

Furniture and Fixtures 
Dog Tags 
Bonds 
All other 



Clerk's Department 

$200.00 
65.00 

100.00 



107.31 
74.70 
46.50 
93.00 
23.39 
5.00 
13.43 



$18,781.97 



365.00 



$365.00 



728.33 



Law Department 

Town Counsel, Services 934.35 

Claims and Executions 58.95 

Witness Fees 216.25 

Photos and Map 32.00 



1.241.55 1.241.55 



Election and Registration Department 



Salaries and Wages 
Registrars 
Flection Officers 
Janitors' overtime at Polls 

Other Expenses 

Stationery and Postage 
Printing and Advertising 
Carfares, teams, etc. 
Rent 

All other 



475.00 
810.00 
22.88 



19.35 
472.80 
255.25 
160.00 
7.00 



1.307.88 



914.40 



2.222.28 



Engineering Department 

Salaries and Wages 
Engineer 3.160.00 
Assistants 3,828.33 



Other Expenses 

Expenses 32.10 

Auto expense 277.04 

Repairs to apparatus 114.25 

Supplies 165.30 



6,988.33 



>88.69 7,577.02 



Amount carried forward $30,551.15 



194 



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Amount brought forward 

Town Hall Department 

Salaries and Wages 

Agent and Janitor $2,120.00 
Assistant 410.00 



Other Expenses 

Fuel 368.57 

Light 459.29 

Janitors' supplies 123.47 

Repairs 243.15 

Telephone 607.27 

All other 68.25 



$2,530.00 



1.870.00 



Board of Appeals 

Clerk 125.00 
Stenographer 27.00 



Other Expenses 

Advertising 25.20 

Furniture and Fixtures 21.25 

Books 27.79 

All other 5.85 



152.00 



80.09 



Planning Board 

Salaries and Wages 

Secretary 200.00 

Clerical Assistance 50.00 



Other Expenses 

Stationery and Postage 84.00 

Furniture and Fixtures 98.21 

All other 34.20 



250.00 



:i6.4i 



Selectmen's Contingent Fund Artesian Well 

Printing and advertising 9.45 

Drilling well 2,641.28 

Pump and platform 43.32 

Filling around platform 147.25 

All other 3.18 

2.844.48 

Selectmen's Contingent Fund Emergency 

Labor 912.50 



Amount carried forward 



1931] 



ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT 



195 



Amount brought forward $39,406.63 
Summary of General Government 

Bal. from Transfer Appro- Expen- Transfer 

last year To priation ditures From Balance 

Legislative $600.00 $307.55 $292.45 

Selectmen 3,700.00 3,655.87 44.13 

Sel. Cont. Fund $5,000.00 $1,500.00 500.00 453.25 $ .31 46.44 

Sel. Cont. Fund Art. Well 2,844.48 2,155.52 

Sel. Cont. Fund Emergency 912.50 587.50 

Accounting 3,525.00 3,523.28 1.72 

Treasury 2,051.00 2,048.46 2.54 

Cert, of Notes & Bonds 500.00 197.80 302.20 

Collector of Taxes 201.12 4,000.00 4,201.12 

Assessors 4,400.00 4,394.64 5.36 

Town Clerk 765.00 728.33 - 36.67 

Law 1,500.00 1,241.55 258.45 

Election and Registration 2,260.00 2,222.28 37.72 

Engineering 7,600.00 7,577.02 22.98 

Town Hall 4,400.00 4,400.00 

Board of Appeals 250.00 232.09 17.91 

Planning Board 600.00 466.41 133.59 



Total $5,000.00 $1,701.12 $36,651.00 $39,406.63 $ .31 $3,945.18 



PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY 

Police Department 

Salaries and Wages 

Chief $3,000.00 
Captains 5,000.00 
Patrolmen 27,782.08 
Special Police 1,560.66 
Clerk 1,060.00 

$38,402.74 



Motor Vehicles and Care of Same 

Gasoline and Oil 620.92 

Tires and Tubes 124.34 

Repairs and Supplies 720.09 



Equipment and Repairs 

Equipment for Men 151.97 
Department Equipment 940.24 



Fuel and Light 

Fuel 252.70 
Light 144.90 



Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds 

Repairs 34.18 

Janitor's Supplies 172.17 

All other 73.65 



Other Expenses 

Printing, Stationery and Postage 197.14 

Telephone 1,171.01 

Signs . 262.43 

Beacons 80.00 

Books and Papers 29.90 

Medical Services 18.00 



1,465.35 



1,092.21 



397.60 



280.00 



Amount carried forward 



$39,406.63 



196 



TOWN DOCUMENTS 



(Dec. 31 



Amount brought forward 
Street Paint 
Insurance 
All other 
Painting Station 
Cleaning Station 
Water 
Boat 



S.39,406.63 



$161.88 
50.00 
82.52 
56.36 
100.50 
60.18 
45.15 



Fire Department 



Salaries and Wages 
Engineers 

Clerk of Engineers 
Chief 

Deputy Chief 

Captains 

Privates 

Call Men 

Other Employees 

Equipment and Repairs 
Apparatus 
Equipment for Men 
Alarm Boxes 
Department Equipment 
All other 

Motor Vehicles and Care of Same 
Gasoline and Oil 
Repairs and Accessories 

Fuel and Light 
Fuel 
Light 



300.00 
50.00 
3.000.00 
2.750.00 
7,500.00 
!4.060.00 
2,393.32 

462.39 



95.56 
85.09 
150.25 

209.35 
35.30 



300.26 
768.90 



481.30 
271.93 



Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds 

Repairs 159.39 

Furniture and Furnishings 41.44 

Laundrv Work 98.63 

All other 239.79 



Hydrant Service 
Other Expenses 

Stationery, Printing and Postage 

Telephone 

Al! other 



LOOO.OO 



52.46 
170.62 
78.95 



Salaries and Wages 
Superintendent 
Labor 

Special Labor (unemployment) 

Other Expenses 

Stationery, Printing and Postage 

Telephone 

Insecticides 



Moth Department 



1.180.00 
2.707.50 
240.00 



33.23 
17.11 
141.59 



$2,315.07 



43.952.9: 



40,515.71 



1.069.16 



539.25 
1.000.00 



302.03 



44,754.93 



4.127.50 



Amount carried forward 



S128.014.53 



1931] 



ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT 



197 



Amount brought forward $128,014.53 
Hardware and Tools $57.40 
One-half Cost of Ford Truck 245.00 
Automobile Expense 343.43 
Storage 24.00 
All other 10.50 

$872.26 

4.999.76 



Tree Warden's Department 

Salaries and Wages 

Warden 800.00 
Labor 1,927.50 
Special Labor (unemployment) 240.00 

Other Expenses 



Telephone 


16.50 


Hardware and Tools 


39.34 


Stationery, Printing and Postage 


11.80 


Trees 


218.70 


Water 


50.00 


Automobile Expense 


443.47 


One-half Cost of Ford Truck 


245.00 


All other 


7.00 



2.9rv.50 



1.031.81 

3.90O.31 



Forest Warden Department 

Warden 140.00 
Extra labor fighting fires 54.41 
Brooms 4.00 



198.41 10^^.41 



Inspector of Buildings 

Salaries and Wages 

Inspector l.OOO.OO 

Assistant Inspector 12.00 

Clerical Work 200.00 



Other Expen>es 

Stationery and Printing 53.23 

Furniture and Fixtures 18.00 

All other 15.00 



1.212.00 



86.2: 



1.298.23 



Sealer of Weights and Measures' Department 

-Salaries and Wages 

Sealer 40().()0 400.00 

Other Expenses 

Stationery and Postage 44.26 

Printing and Advertising 4.90 

Carfares, teams, etc. 94.49 

All other 11.35 

155.00 



555.00 



.Amount carried forward $139,165.24 



198 



TOWN DOCUMENTS 



Dec. 31 



Amount brought forward 



Care of Prisoners 



Dog Officer 
Constable 

Inspector of Animals 



Police Specials 

$100.00 



Subordinate Officials 
300.00 
100.00 
200.00 



$139,165.24 
$100.00 100.00 



600.00 



600.00 



Trench Connection 



Fire Alarm Extension 

25.00 



25.00 



25.00 



Labor 
Material- 



Puritan Road 



Underground 

57.00 
10.48 



67.48 



67.48 



Phillips Beach Engine House Plumbing 



Contractors 
Contract 



223.36 

New Hose 

249.78 



223.36 
249.78 



249.78 



Painting 

Parts 

Pump 



Painting Ladder Truck 

200.00 
173.18 
85.00 



458.18 



458.11 



Painting 
Repairs 

Power Sprayer 



Painting Central Fire Station 

325.00 
24.25 



1.000.00 



349.25 
1.000.00 



Summary of Protection of Life and Property 



Bal. from 
Last Year 

Police 

Fire 

Moth . 

Tree Warden . 

Forest Warden . 

Inspector of Buildings . 

Sealer of Weights & Measures . 

Care of Prisoners . 

Subordinate Officials . 

Fire Alarm Extension $53.71 

Painting Ladder Truck . 

Xew Hose . 

Painting Central Fire Station 

Phillips Beach Sts. Plumbing . 

Puritan Road Underground . 67.67 
Power Sprayer — 1,000.00 



Transfer 
To 



$254.98 



Appro- 
priation 
:44. 000.00 
44,500.00 
5,000.00 
4,000.00 
200.00 
1,300.00 
555.00 
100.00 
630.00 

460.00 
250.00 
350.00 
225.00 



Expend- 
itures 
$43,952.97 
44,754.93 
4.999.76 
3.999.31 
198.41 
1.298.23 
555.00 
100.00 
600.00 
25.00 
458.18 
249.78 
349.25 

67.48 
1.000.00 



349.25 
1.000.00 



Balance 
$47.03 
.05 
.24 
.69 
1.59 
1.77 



30.00 
28.71 
1.82 
.22 
.75 
1.64 
.19 



Totals $1,121.38 $254.98 $101,570.00 $102,831.66 $114.70 



Amount carried forward 



$142,238.29 



1931] 



ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT 



199 



Amount brought forward $142,238.29 
HEALTH AND SANITATION 
Health Department 

General Administration 
Salaries and Wages 

Board of Health $500.00 

Agent and Clerk 2,991.75 

$3,491.75 



Stationery and Postage 60.36 

Printing and Advertising 91.80 

Furniture and Fixtures 150.00 

All other 1.71 



Marriages 56.50 
Deaths 110.75 



Inspection 

Milk 176.40 

Slaughtering 100.00 

Plumbing 600.00 



303.87 



Quarantine and Contagious Diseases 

Board and Treatment 913.90 

Medical Attendance 111.35 
Drugs and Medicine 15.60 

Hospitals 419.20 
Culture Examinations 62.00 
All other 35.03 

1,557.08 

Tuberculosis 

Board and treatment 885.30 885.30 
\^ital Statistics 

Births 408.50 



575.75 



876.40 

7,690.15 



Cleaning Beaches 

Disposal of offal 430.00 

Burying Cats and Dogs 582.00 

Cleaning Beaches 85.50 

Tools and materials 26.45 

Repairs 3.00 



1,126.95 1,126.95 



Health Nurse 

Wages 1,325.00 
Expenses 5.10 

1,330.10 1,330.10 

Sewer Department 

Administration 

Salaries and Wages 
Commissioners 
Superintendent 
Clerical Work 

Stationery, Printing and Postage 

2,529.00 



400.00 
1,855.00 
260.00 
14.00 



Amount carried forward 



$152,385.49 



200 



TOWN DOCUMKXTS 



[Dec. 31 



Amount brought forward 
General 
Labor 

Auto Expense 
Tools and Equipment 
Pipe and Fittings 
All other 

Service Ctmnections 

Contractor 
I'umping Station 

Engineers 

Repairs 

Telephone 

Water 

Fuel and Light 
Flushing 



$152,385.49 



$2.50 
107.18 
3 LBS 
80.32 
42.01 



45.59 

3.722.50 
505.16 
54.92 
75.77 
1.922.13 
250.00 



$263.86 
45.49 



6.530.48 



9.368.93 



Refuse 

Contractors 
Advertising- 
Garbage 
Contractor 
Advertising 



Refuse and Garbage 

7,890.00 
14.65 



4.975.00 
13.65 



7.904.65 



4.988.65 



12.893.30 



Labor 
TooL 
Fence 



Health Dumps 

1,626.00 
1.50 
4.50 



.632.00 



1.632.00 



Brooks 



Contractor 

Labor 

Repairs 

Inspection 

Materials 

All others 



.Salary 
Supplies 

Coats and Towels 



3,882.15 
142.50 

23.42 
230.00 
209.48 

12.45 



Dental Clinic 

1,000.00 
116.14 
22.30 



4.500.00 



1.138.44 



4,500.00 



1.1 38.44 



Contractor 



Particular Sewer 

77.97 



77.97 



7.97 



Amount carried forward 



$181,996.13 



1931 



ACCOUxMTAXT'S RKPORT 



201 



Amount brought forward $181,996.13 

Summary of Health and Sanitation 

Balance From Appro- Expend- 
Last Year priation itures Balance 

Health $9,251.00 $7,690.15 $1,560.85 

Cleaning Beaches r. 1,250.00 1,126.95 123.05 

Health Nurse 1,375.00 1,330.10 44.90 

Sewer 9,475.00 9,368.93 106.07 

Refuse and Garbage . 129.15 12,893.30 21.70 

Health Dump 1,666.00 1,632.00 34.00 

Brooks - - - ..- 4,500.00 4,500.00 

Sewer Easements 500.00 500.00 

Particular Sewers 500.00 77.97 422.03 

Dental Clinic - $1.50 1,200.00 1,138.44 63.06 

Totals $1.50 $42,632.00 $39,757.84 $2,875.66 



HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES 



Administration 

Salary of Surveyor 
Salary of Clerk 
Telephone 



Highway Department 

$3,000.00 
200.00 
76.04 



General 
Labor 
Teams 

Broken Stone, Gravel, etc. 
Equipment and Repairs 
Hay, Grain and Straw 
Insuraaice 
All other 

Other Expenses 
Compensation 
Sand 
Fuel 
Light 

Building Repairs 

Gasoline and Oil 

Auto Supplies 

Veterinary 

Fences 

Blacksmith 

Signs 

Medical Expense 
Puritan Road Steps 
Bridges 
Water 



26,774.92 
7,738.50 
1,742.54 
1.203.32 
1,843.31 
267.80 
47.58 



88.00 
58.50 
184.35 
224.24 
102.40 
668.60 
1.041.82 
60.00 
238.40 
426.75 
140.70 
52.50 
45.25 
48.50 
29.00 



$3,276.04 $3,276.04 



39,617.97 



3.409.01 



43,026.98 



Labor 

Teams 

Plowing 

Fuel 

Repairs 

Gasoline 



bv Contractors 



Snow and Ice 

6,753.50 
1,735.00 
630.00 
31.86 
104.64 
53.25 



9,308.25 



9,308.25 



Amount carried forward 



$237,607.40 



202 



TOWN DOCUMENTS 



[Dec. 31 



Amount brought forward 
Arcs 

Incandescents 
Traffic Signals 



Lighting Streets 

$6,251.27 
15,499.39 
2,039.17 



$237,607.40 



$23,789.83 23,789.83 



Contractor 

Labor 

Alaterials 



Salaries and Wages 

Labor 
Other Expenses 

Materials 



Materials 

Advertising 
Labor 
Sand 
Oil 



Contractor 

Advertising 
Catch Basins 
Contractor 
Castings 



Contractor 

Labor 

Materials 

Contractor 



Execution 

Tarvia 

Sand 

Labor 



Labor 

Teaming 

Materials 



Street Construction 

125.00 
1,681.00 
59.81 



Sidewalks and Curbing 

2,415.00 
1,182.00 

Seal Coating 

4,000.00 
Street Watering and Oiling 

8.55 
12.50 
561.11 
1,544.71 



Ledge Buena Vista Street 

405.06 

Atlantic Road Culvert 
11.40 
33.00 
584.38 
36.63 



Salem Street Culverts 

228.00 

Ocean Avenue 

60.00 
56.00 
303.59 



Whitman Road Taking 

291.05 

Resurfacing Puritan Road 

610.83 
135.64 
253.53 



Barnstable Street 

527.00 
150.00 
964.66 



1,865.81 

2,415.00 
1,182.00 

4,000.00 



2,126.87 
405.06 



665.41 
228.00 

419.59 
291.05 

1,000.00 



Materials 
Contractor 
Amount carried forward 



1,641.66 

Foster Road 

533.40 533.40 
Eureka Avenue and Jessie Street 

270.00 270.00 



1,865.81 



3,597.00 
4.000.00 



2,126.87 
405.06 



665.41 
228.00 

419.59 
291.05 

1,000.00 

1,641.66 
533.40 
270.00 



$278,441.08 



1931 



ACCOUXTAXT'S REPORT 



203 



Amount brought forward 
Materials 



$27 



Contractor 

Labor 

Teaming 

Contractor 

Curbstone 

Advertising 

Refund 



Contractor 
Refund to State 



Contractor 
Refund to County 
Refund to State 



Contractor 

Land 

Fence 

Curbstone 



Windsor Avenue 

$546.10 
Bay View Drive 

242.58 

Continuous Sidewalks 

578.50 
120.00 
1,620.09 
1,985.63 
15.20 
194.81 



;546.10 



242.58 



8,441.08 
546.10 
242.58 



4,514.23 



Humphrey Street Reconstruction 

1,547.63 
42.37 



1,590.00 



Humphrey Street Repairs 

551.73 
143.89 
101.52 



Minerva Street 

42.50 

Buena Vista and Cherry Streets 
50.00 
18.80 
89.00 



797.14 



42.50 



157.80 



4.514.23 
1.590.00 

797.14 
42.50 

157.80 



Summary of Highway and Bridges 



Bal. From 
Last Year 



Translcr 
To 



Apprt 
priation 



Transfer 
From 



Expend- 
itures 



Highway Admin. 

Highway 

Snow & Ice 

Lighting Streets - 

Street Construction 

Sidewalks & Curbing 

Seal Coating 

Street Water & Oiling 

Ledge Buena Vista 

Atlantic Road Culvert . $97.94 

Salem St. Culvert $325.94 

Ocean Ave 633.38 

Whitman Rd. Taking .__ 291.05 

Resurf. Puritan Road 

Barnstable Street 437.23 

Foster Road 550.00 

Eureka & Jessie St - 

Windsor Ave. 

Bay View Drive 1,184.81 

Continuous Sidewalks.... 

Humphrey St. Recons. 1,810.57 

Humphrey St. Repair.. 1,459.37 

Minerva Street 87.50 

Commonwealth Ave 400.00 

Stanley Road 150.00 

Palmer Road Drain ..... 2,600.00 

Buena Vista & Cherrv Sts 



$3,280.00 $3,276.04 



44,000.00 
10,000.00 
24,000.00 
2,000.00 
3,600.00 
4,000.00 
4,000.00 
450.00 
602.06 



$97.94 



1,000.00 
1,562.77 



300.00 
550.00 



5,000.00 



942.23 



220.57 



45.00 



250.00 



43,026.98 
9,308.25 
23,789.83 
1,865.81 
3,597.00 
4,000.00 
2,126.87 
405.06 
665.41 
228.00 
419.59 
291.05 
1,000.00 
1,641.66 
533.40 
270.00 
546.10 
242.58 
4.514.23 
1.590.00 
797.14 
42.50 



157.80 



Balance 
$3.96 
973.02 
691.75 
210.17 
134.19 
3.00 

1,873.13 
44.94 
34.59 

213.79 



358.34 
16.60 
30.00 
3.90 

485.77 

662.23 

400.00 
150.00 
2,600.00 
92.20 



Totals $8,942.62 $1,085.17 $104,594.83 $1,305.74 $104,335.30 $8,981.58 



Amount carried forward 



$286,331.43 



204 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Amount brought forward $286,331.43 

CHARITIES AND SOLDIERS' BENEFITS 
Public Welfare 

General Administration 
Salaries and Wages 

Commissioners $336.03 

Secretary 150.00 

Clerical Assistance 200.00 



Other Expenses 

Printing, Stationery and Postage 274.20 
All other 84.69 



Outside Relief by Town 

Groceries and Provisions 1,244.78 

Coal and Wood 518.07 

Board and Care 448.86 

Medicine and Medical Attendance 295.35 

State Institutions 1.098.19 

Food Allowance 4,173.51 

Cash Aid 247.72 

Rent 1,096.64 

Shoes and Clothing 33.75 

All other 47.65 



Relief bv other Cities and Towns 

Cities' 1.749.88 
Towns 320.00 



Soldiers' Relief 

General Administration 

Administration 200.00 

Cash Aid 6,644.50 

Groceries and Provisions 478.05 

Fuel and Light 48.59 

Rent 430.00 

Medicine and Medical Attendance 45.50 

All other 79.51 



State Aid 

State Aid 410.00 

Investigations 2.00 

Soldiers' Burials 100.00 



Pensions 

School 925.00 
Police 1.200.00 
Fire 300.00 
Highwavs 1,487.00 



$686.03 



358.89 



9.204.52 



2,069.88 



Mothers' Aid 

Town 1.078.29 1.078.29 
Old Age Assistance 

Cash Aid 293.58 

Medical Care 16.00 

Stationery and Postage 23.86 



333.44 
13.731.05 



.926.15 7.92(1.1. 



512.00 512.00 



3,912.00 3.912.00 



Amount carried forward 



$312,412.63 



1931] 



ACCOUXTAXT'S REPORT 



205 



Amount brought forward $312,412.63 

Burnett Fund 

Burnett Fund $1,166.00 $1,166.00 1,166.00 

Summary of Charities and Soldiers' Benefits 

[- 

Balance 

Public Welfare - $20,000.00 $13,731.05 $6,268.95 

Soldiers' Relief 10,600.00 7,926.15 2,673.85 

State & Military Aid _ 800.00 512.00 288.00 

Pensions 

Burnett Fund 



Appro- 


Expend- 


priation 


itures 


$20,000.00 


$13,731.05 


10,600.00 


7,926.15 


800.00 


512.00 


3,912.00 


3,912.00 


1,166.00 


1,166.00 


$36,478.00 


.S27,247.20 



149,907.50 



2791.55 



2,791.90 



2.085.51 



Totals $36,478.00 .S27,247.20 $9,230.80 

SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES 

Schools 

General 

Salary of Secretary $50.00 

Salary of Superintendent 4.535.96 

Salarv of Superintendent's Clerk 1.420.00 

Truant Oflficer 225.00 

Printing. Stationery and Postage 280.67 

Telephone " 520.98 

Traveling Expenses 213.38 

School Census 100.00 

All other 40.00 

$7,385.99 

Teachers' Salaries 

High 43,225.00 

Elementary 56,129.50 

Junior High 42,822.00 

Supervisors 7,195.00 

Suhstitutes 536.00 

Text Books and Supplies 
High 

Text and Reference Books 1,496.79 

All other 1,294.76 

Elementary 

Text and Reference Books 1,615.14 

All other 1,176.76 

Junior High 

Text and Reference Books 1,407.54 

All other 677.97 

Tuition 

Trade School « 92.00 

Evening School 329.60 

Shoe School 179.50 

Americanization 398.20 

999.30 

Transportation of Pupils 1,207.50 1.207.50 
Janitors' Services 

High 2,129.85 

Elementary 4,700.10 

Junior High 3,536.05 

10.366.00 



Amount carried for^vard $312,412.63 



206 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 

Amount brought forward $312,412.63 
Fuel and Light 

High $1,122.08 

Elementary 2,331.59 

Junior High * 2,894.50 



Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds 
High 

Repairs 2,541.99 
Janitors' Supplies 191.07 
All other 240.42 



Elementary 

Repairs 3,440.87 

Janitors' Supplies 722.93 

All other 812.60 



Furniture and Furnishings 

High 9.00 

Elementary 140.45 

Junior High 60.69 



Other Expenses 

Diplomas and Graduation Exercises 346.30 

Athletic Supplies 935.86 

Medical Services 512.00 

All other 7.00 



$6,348.17 



2,973.48 



4,976.40 



210.14 



1.801.16 



Domestic Science 555.52 555.52 

Manual Training 1.311.61 1.311.61 

195,711.73 

Trayeling Expenses of Supt. of 

School outside of State 100.00 100.00 100.00 

Library 

Salaries and Wages 

Librarian 1.699.98 
Assistants 1.904.81 
Janitor 1.387.65 
Children's Librarian 1.178.31 



6.170.75 



Books. Periodicals, etc. 

Books 2.334.05 

Periodicals 325.73 

XeAvspapers 22.27 

— 2,682.05 

Binding Books 583.23 

Fuel and Light 



Fuel 212.77 
Light 375.29 



Buildings 

Repairs ^ _ 223.24 

Furniture and Furnishings 18.97 

All other 35.74 



Other Expenses 

Stationery, Printing and Advertising 308.88 

Telephone 60.29 

All other 45.59 



588.06 



277.95 



414.76 



10.716.80 



Amount carried forward $518,941.16 



1931] 



ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT 



207 



Amount brought forward 

Architect 
Contractor 



Furniture 
Contractor 
Architect 
Labor 



Library Repairs 

$1,586.00 
15.34 



Library Furnishings 

1,122.68 
703.60 
263.72 
10.00 



Library Fund Incomes 

Mary L Thomson Fund Books 138.35 



Ellen R Whittle Fund Books 
Joanna R Morse Fund Books 



101.25 
263.03 



$1,601.34 



$518,941.16 



1,601.34 



2,100.00 2,100.00 



502.63 



502.63 



Summary of Schools and Libraries 



Bal. From Transfer Appro- 
Last Year To priation 
School $196,150.00 



Transfer Expend- 

From itures 
- $195,711.73 



Library 

Trav. Exp. Outside 

State - 

Library Repairs $710.80 

Library Furniture 3,000.00 

Thomson Fund Inc 138.35 

Whittle Fund Inc 101.25 

Morse Fund Inc 263.03 



$900.00 

50.63 
101.25 
263.03 



11,000.00 



100.00 



$900.00 



Balance 
$438.27 



10,716.80 


283.20 


100.00 




1,601.34 


9.46 


2,100.00 . 




138.35 


50.63 


101.25 


101.25 


263.03 


263.03 



Totals $4,213.43 $1,314.91 $207,250.00 $900.00 $210,732.50 $1,145.84 



RECREATION AND UNCLASSIFIED 
Parks 

Administration 



Secretary $100.00 
Telephone 37.21 
All other .75 



Blaney Beach 

Labor 222.85 

Tools and Equipment 63.56 

Water 44.14 

Repairs in Buildings 309.92 

Superintendent 1,590.00 

Raft 88.50 

Use of Truck 48.00 

All other 13.48 



Phillips Park 

Labor 622.48 

Materials 403.59 

Tennis Court 490.51 

All other 52.46 



$137.96 



2.380.45 



1.569.04 



Amount carried forward 



$524,311.13 



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Amount broiiglit forward 
Jackson Park 

Labor 

Materials 

All other 

General Expense 
Compensation 
Labor 
Tools 
Truck 

Unemployment Superintendent 

Superintendent 

All other 

^^onunlent Avenue 
Labor 

Miscellaneous 
Christmas Tree 

Abbott Park 
Labor 

^f iscellaneous 



$524.3 11. 



$1,510.00 
150.80 
170.25 



55.04 
595.68 
3.40 

66.00 
401.64 
170.00 
334.68 



1,110.00 
106.90 
66.99 



128.00 
31.20 



$1,831.05 



1.626.44 



1.283.89 



Light 

Fuel 

Janitors 

Repairs 

Sup]")lies 



Fire 



— 159.20 

Heat and Light V. F. W. and G. A. R. Hall 

59.90 
229.97 
540.00 

39.70 

12.68 

878.25 

2.873.50 



Paint in 

Carpenter Work 
Repairs 

Chimney Rei^airs 



Insurance 

2.873.50 
Painting G. A. R. Hall 
225.00 
100.00 
135.00 
40.00 



Premium 



Trust Fund Custodians' Bond 
40.00 

• District Nurse 

.Swampscott \ isiting- Nur.^e 

Association " 300.00 

Legion Lease 
Legion Lease ^>50.00 
Light 74.26 
Fuel 208.75 
Tanitor 106.99 



Memorial Day 

Sons of Union \"eterans 105.33 

American Legion 187.75 

\'eterans of Foreign Wars 175.72 



500.00 
40.00 

300.00 



1 ,340.00 



4()8.80 



8.988.0: 



878.25 
2.873.50 



500.00 
40.00 

300.00 



1 .340.00 



4(>8.8() 



Amount carried forward 



$539,699.71 



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209 



Amount brought 

Flowers 
Band 
Flags 
Supplies 
All other 



Parade 
Sports 

Horse Show 
Night Show 
Boat Races 
General 



Advertising 

Editing 

Distribution 

Printing 

All other 

Cuts 



Paid to State 

Park 

Highway 

Cemetery 

Moth 

Selectmen 

Engineering 



forward 

Firemen's Memorial Sunday 

$34.50 
121.00 

5.00 
15.30 

3.00 



$539,699.71 



$178.80 



178.80 



Fourth of July 

289.24 
76.75 
349.00 
233.45 
30.00 
21.56 



1.000.00 



1,000.00 



Printing Town Reports 

6.65 
100.00 
105.00 
1,085.75 
8.45 
28.46 



Veterans' 



Exemption 

40.37 



1,334.31 1,334.31 
40.37 40.37 



Unemployment 

2,342.75 
2,197.50 
5,447.55 
663.30 
310.00 
270.00 



11.231.10 11.231.10 



Summary of Recreation 

Transfer 
To 

Park - 

Heat & Liglit G. A. R. Hall $128.25 

Insurance - - - 110.25 

Painting G. A. R. Hall 

Trust Fuml Custodian's Bond 

District Nurse 

Legion Lease 

Memorial Day 

Firemen's Memorial Day 

Fourth of July 

Printing Town Reports .... .31 

Veterans' Exemption 

Reserve Fund 

Unemployment Park 

" Highway 

" Cemetery 

Moth 

" Selectmen 

" Engineering ..i..-. 



and Unclassified 



Transfer 
From 



Appro- 
priation 

$9,000.00 

750.00 

2,763.00 

500.00 

40.00 

300.00 

1,340.00 - 

470.00 

200.00 

1,000.00 

1,334.00 

.50 

2,500.00 $2,194.85 

2,342.75 

2,197.50 

5,447.55 

663.30 

310.00 

270.00 



Expend- 
itures 
$8,988.03 
878.25 
2,873.50 
500.00 
40.00 
300.00 
1,340.00 
468.80 
178.80 
1,000.00 
1,334.31 
40.37 

2,342.75 
2,197.50 
5,447.55 
663.30 
310.00 
270.00 



Balance 
$11.97 



1.20 
21.20 



9.63 
305.15 



Totals $239.06 $31,478.10 $2,194.85 $29,173.16 $349.15 



Amount carried forward 



$553,484.29 



210 TOWX DOCUMENTS (Dec. 31 

'Amount brought forward $553,484.29 

ENTERPRISES 
Water 

Administration 

Commissioners $450.00 
Registrar and Clerks 1,560.00 
Superintendent 3,074.00 
Printing and Advertising 103.95 
Stationery and Postage 34,76 
Telephone 86,89 
All other 83,25 

$5,392.85 



Loans and Interest 

Loans 8,000.00 
Interest 2,885,00 



10.885.00 



General Expense 

Pipe and Fittings 4,201.25 

Meters and Fittings 97L77 

Fuel and Light 153.20 

Auto Expense 525.00 

All other 791.62 . 

6,642.84 

Service Connections 

Contractor 274.65 274.65 

Aletropolitan Water Tax 

Sinking Fund 817.69 

Interest 12,214.11 

Maintenance 9,813.10 

Serial Bonds 3,890.19 

Brooklinc Credit 830.81 

27.565.90 



Payroll 

Maintenance 3,523.68 

Aleters 2,464.00 

Services • 3,197,41 

Relay 1,381,28 

Commonwealth Avenue 93.94 

Worcester Street 11.71 

Nason Road 35,00 

Ingalls Terrace 242,94 



10.949.96 

M. 711. 20 



Hampshire Street Water Main 

Contractor 498.75 
Pipe and Fittings 297.27 
Labor 45.82 



Allen Road Water Main 

Pipe and Fittings 360.17 
Freight 67,83 



841.84 841.84 



428.00 428.00 



Emergency Water 

Contractor 327.16 Z21 .\(^ 327.16 

Cemetery 

Salaries and Wages 
Superintendent 1,855,00 



Labor 2,525.00 
Unemployment Labor 1,174.74 



5,554.74 



Amount carried forward 



$616,792.49 



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211 



Amount brought forward 
Other Expenses 

Shrubs 

Tools 

All other 

Auto Expense 



$616,792.49 



$132.95 
158.70 
307.25 
139.04 



$737.94 



6,292.68 



Contractor 
Shrubs 
Labor 
All other 



Cemetery Improvement 

773.15 
74.80 
240.00 
8.03 



1,095.98 1,095.98 



Cemetery Truck 

Balance returned to lots fund 

Summary of Enterprises 



3.50 



3.50 



Bal. From Transfer Appro- Transfer Expend- 



Last Year To priation 

Water $63,806.00 

Hampshire St. Water 

Main $1,301.90 - 

Allen Road Water Main.. 1,156.50 

Emergency Water 121.77 131.67 2,500.00 

Stanley Rd. Water 83.47 

Charlotte Rd. Water... 48.20 

Duke St. Water 1,426.02 

Cemetery 6,310.00 

Cemetery, Imp. 1,095.98 

Cemetery Truck 3.50 



From 



itures Balance 
$61,711.20 $2,094.80 

841.84 460.06 
428.00 728.50 
327.16 2,426.28 



83.47 
48.20 



6,292.68 
1,095.98 
3.50 



1,426.02 
17.32 



Totals $5,237.34 $131.67 $72,616.00 $131.67 $70,700.36 $7,152.98 



INTEREST, MATURING DEBT AND AGENCY 

Interest 

Loans in Anticipation of Revenue $4,461.90 
General Debt 24,567.75 
Sewer Loans 5,312.50 
T. B. Hospital Notes 1,640.00 



Debt 

General Debt Maturing 54,200.00 

Sewer Bonds Maturing 14,000.00 

T. B. Hospital Notes Maturing 4,000.00 

Loans in Anticipation of Revenue 300,000.00 

Agency 

T. B. Hospital Assessment 3,779.81 

T. B. Hospital Addition 6,308.68 



State Tax 24,975.00 
County Tax 40,856.68 
Old Age Assistance Tax 3,163.00 



$35,982.15 35,982.15 

372,200.00 372,200.00 
10,088.49 

68,994.68 



Amount carried forward $1,032,366.80 



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[Dec. 31 



Amount brought forward 
State Enterprises 

State Highway 

Auditing Municipal Accounts 

Charles River Basin 
Serial Bonds 
Interest 
Maintenance 

Metropolitan Park 
Sinking Funds 
Serial Bonds 
Interest 
Maintenance 

Metropolitan Planning Board 
Southern Route 
Brookline Parkway 
Canterbury Street 
Broadway Highway Tax 
Maiden Wavs etc. 



Phillips Medal Fund Income 
Cemetery lots fund income 
Cemetery lots sale 
Cemetery lots perpetual care 
Overpayments, checks returned 
Check refused 

Refunds 

1931 Real Estate Taxes 
1931 Poll Taxes 
Excise Taxes 1930 Refunded 
Excise Taxes 1931 Refunded 
Trust Co. Tax 1926 
Trust Co. Tax 1927 
National Bank Tax 1930 
Corp. Tax D, 1920 



$1,032,366.80 



.95 
1.083.59 



66.74 
723.28 
2,485.92 



476.26 
2,191.16 
3.251.13 
10,499.79 
82.37 
10.69 
30.50 
13.39 
206.77 
280.87 



42.67 
30.00 
2.874.00 
405.00 
74.29 
10.00 



193.48 
10.00 
134.66 
1.479.72 
.30 
.45 
.10 
1.90 



Contractor 



Contractor 
Repairs 



NON-REVENUE 
Burpee Road Sewer 

119.50 

Emergency Sewer 

35.35 
11.50 



Engineering and Inspection 
Brass and Iron Pipe 
Castings 
Pans 

Contractor 
Water 
Advertising 
All other 



470.00 
285.60 
222.59 
16.80 
6,783.79 
32.96 
23.10 
14.25 



$1,572.54 



3,275.94 



17,042.93 



100.974.58 



3.435.96 



3.435.96 



1,820.61 



119.50 



1.820.61 



119.50 



46.85 



46.85 



Sewer Construction Section "A' 



7,849.07 



7.849.07 



Amount carried forward 



$1,146,613.37 



1931 



ACCOUXTAXT'S REPORT 



Amount brought forward 

Sewer Construction 

Engineering and Inspection 
Changing Water Pipes 
Castings 
Pans 

Contractor 
Advertising 
All other 



$1 



Section "B"— 1931 

$782.50 
670.16 
327.11 
53.20 
13.216.57 
34.30 
19.20 



Engineering 
Castings 
Culvert pipe 
Changing Water 
Moving Trees 
Contractor 
All other 



Sewer Construction 

and Inspection 



ipes 



Section "B' 

570.00 
304.80 
13.64 
136.53 
21.00 
12,695.93 
8.77 



$15,103.04 
■ Part (2) 



13.750.67 



Sewer Construction Section "C" — 1931 



Engineering and Inspection 

Castings 

Pans 

Contractor 

Changing Water Pipes 

Advertising 

All other 



515.00 
129.35 
14.20 
5,636.36 
242.34 
• 14.70 
2.20 



6.554.15 

Sewer Construction Section "C" — 1930 

Balance on Contract 1.064.88 
Execution 92.00 

1.156.88 

Sewer Construction Section "D" — 1931 

Advertising 12.60 
Pans 2.80 
Castings 25.16 
Contractor 1.154.74 



1.205.30 



Culvert 



Engineering and Inspection 

Advertising 

Castings 

Curbstone 

Changing Water Pipes 

Contractors 

All other 



220.00 
13.30 
144.95 

66.00 
27.99 
;.010.61 
2.90 



5.485.75 



Phillips Avenue Roadway 

Inspection and Engineering 196.16 



Advertising 
Curbstone 
Contractor 
Castings 



9.50 
107.90 
5.955.17 
24.00 



6,265. 



Atlantic Avenue and 



Culvert Pipe 



Phillips Avenue Drains 

29.29 29.29 



Total 



$1. 



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[Dec. 31 



Summary of Non-Revenue 

Bal. From Transfer Appro- Transfer Expend- 
Last Year To priation From itures Balance 

Highway Sch. Com. ... $1.90 - - $1.90 

Whitman Rd. Sewer.- 56.28 $56.28 

Sect. "A" Sewer 1930 66.79 66.79 - _ 

Sect. "B" Sewer 1930 3,915.52 3,915.52 

Sect. "C" Sewer 1930 8,414.98 7,258.10 1,156.88 



Sect. "D" Sewer 1930 3,065.27 3,065.27 

Nason Rd. Sewer 1,615.54 . 1,615.54 

Rockland St. Sewer ... 961.02 961.02 

King's Brook Culvert 28.06 28.06 

Roy St. Drain 4.84 4.84 

Atlantic Ave. & Phil- 
lips Ave. Drain 6,586.46 29.29 6,557.1" 

Emergency Water ...... 1,894.34 1,894.34 

Emergency Sewer ...... 1,628.01 14,361.96 6,680.00 46.85 9,293.12 

Foster Rd. Water 3,000.00 3,000.00 

Stanley School 41.71 41.71 

Phillips Ave. Rdway.. 7,606.82 7,606.82 

Phillips Ave. Ext 7,806.82 6,265.73 1,541.09 

Burpee Rd. Sewer...... 150.00 - 119.50 30.50 

Whitman Rd. Rdway. 1,668.84 .-. 1,668.84 

Monument Ave. & 

Walker Rd. 824.38 200.00 624.38 

Sect. "A" Sewer 1931 1,248.00 10,752.00 7,849.07 4,150.93 

Sect. "B" Sewer 1931 3,640.00 31,360.00 11,985.77 16,867.94 6,146.29 

Sect. "B" (2) 1931 11,985.77 11,985.77 

Sect. "C" Sewer 1931 832.00 7,168.00 6,554.15 1,445.85 

Sect. "D" Sewer 1931 208.00 1,792.00 1,205.30 794.70 

Culvert 572.00 4,928.00 5,485.75 14.25 



Totals $41,530.76 $40,654.55 $56,000.00 $43,804.55 $57,566.23 $36,814.53 



TRANSFERS 

From Reserve Fund $2,194.85 

To Selectmen's Contingent Fund $1,500.00 

To Collector of Taxes 201.12 

To Fire 254.98 

To Heat and Light G. A. R. Hall 128.25 

To Insurance 110.50 

From Whitman Road Sewer 56.28 

From Section A Sewer, 1930 66.79 

From Section B Sewer, 1930 3,915.52 

From Section C Sewer, 1930 7,258.10 

From Section D Sewer, 1930 3,065.27 

To Emergency Sewer 14,361.96 

From Stanley Road Water 83.47 

From Charlotte Road Water 48.20 

To Emergency Water 131.67 

From Emergency Sewer 

To Burpee Road Sewer 150.00 

To Section A Sewer 1,248.00 

To Section B Sewer 3,640.00 

To Section C Sewer 832.00 

To Section D Sewer 208.00 

To Culvert - 572.00 



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215 



From Section B Sewer 
To Section B-2 Sewer 


$11,985.77 


$11,985.77 


From Selectmen's Contingent Fund 
To Printing Town R^eports 


.31 


.31 


From Salem Street Culverts 
To Atlantic Road Culvert 


97.94 


97.94 


From Phillips Avenue Roadway 
To Phillips Avenue Roadway Extension 


7,606.82 


7,606.82 


From Monument Avenue and Walker Road 
To Phillips Avenue Roadway Extension 


200.00 


200.00 


From Bay View Drive 
To Barnstable Street 
To Foster Road 


942.23 


392.23 
550.00 


From Minerva Street 
To Barnstable Street 


45.00 


45.00 


From Library Furnishings 
To Library Repairs 


000 00 


900.00 


From Water Receipts Reserved for 
Appropriation 
To Water 

To Emergenc}' Water 


66,306.00 


63,806.00 
2,500.00 



TOWN OF SWAMPSCOTT 

Balance Sheet, December 31, 1931 

Cash $131,568.12 
Petty Cash 125.00 
Uncollected Taxes 1930 Poll - $10.00 



Uncollected Taxes 1930 Personal 32.40 
Uncollected Taxes 1930 Real Estate 2,951.91 



Uncollected Taxes 1931 Poll 118.00 
Uncollected Taxes 1931 Personal 1,944.04 
Uncollected Taxes 1931 Real Estate 121,271.09 



Uncollected Unapportioned Sewers 18,542.14 
Uncollected Sewers 1931 3,750.53 



Property Taken by Town for Taxes 255.35 
Tax Titles 7,788.18 



Water Accounts Receivable 1929 121.31 

Water Accounts Receivable 1930 409.29 

Water Accounts Receivable 1931 11,017.06 

Water Services 1,274.60 

Water Interest 478.16 



2,994.31 



123,333.13 



Uncollected Moth 1930 13.25 
Uncollected Moth 1931 442.75 

456.00 

Old Age Assistance Tax 61.00 
Uncollected Unapportioned Sidewalks 1,194.50 
Uncollected Sidewalks 1930 87.71 
Uncollected Sidewalks 1931 883.21 

2,165.42 

22,292.67 
8,043.53 



13,300.42 



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[Dec. 31 



Departmental Accounts Receivable Health $1,071.93 

Departmental Accounts Receivable Selectmen 8.99 

Departmental Accounts Receivable School 132. 5U 
Departmental Accounts Receivable Public 

Welfare 2,731.29 

Departmental Accounts Receivable Cemetery 73.00 

Departmental Accounts Receivable Highway 37.50 

Departmental Accounts Receivable State Aid 410.00 
Departmental Accounts Receivable Military Aid 100.00 

Excise Tax on Motor Vehicles 



1,475.45 



Debt 



Net Bonded Debt 



Trust Funds 

Securities and Cash 

Securities, Income and Interest 

Sidewalks and Sewers Apportioned but Not Due 



38,220.77 
6,783.86 



$4,565.21 
1,475.45 

$310,380.26 
$755,350.00 



$45,004.63 
$19,893.01 



TOWN OF SWAMPSCOTT 



Balance Sheet, December 31, 
Accounts Current 

Excess and Deficiency 
Water Available Surplus 
Unemployment Fund (Spinney) 
Revenue 

Water Revenue 

Moth Revenue 

Sidewalks Revenue 

Sewer Revenue 

Tax Titles Revenue 

Excise Revenue 

D. A. R. Revenue 

Overlay Reserve 

Overlay 1930 

Overlay 1931 

Loans in Anticipation of Revenue 
Fire Alarm Extension 
Selectmen (Artesian Well) 
Palmer Pond Drain 
Commonwealth Avenue 
Stanley Road 

Selectmen's Contingent Fund (Emergenc}') 
Mary L. Thomson Library Fund Income 
Joanna Morse Library Fund Income 
Ellen R. Whittle Library Fund Income 
Dukes Street Water 
Allan Road Water 
Emergency Water 
General Debt Maturing 
Sewer Easements 
Newsboys' Badge Fund 

Non-Revenue 

High School Committee 
Emergency Water 
Emergency Sewer 



1931 



$13,300.42 
456.00 
2.165.42 
22,292.67 
8.043.53 
1.475.45 
4.565.21 
2,481.73 
2,114.24 
1,724.41 
100,000.00 
28.71 
2,155.52 
2.600.00 
400.00 
150.00 
587.50 
50.63 
263.U.i 
101.25 
1,426.02 
728.50 
2,426.28 
3,697.77 
500.00 
4.00 



1.90 
1,894.34 
9,293.12 



$44,057.13 
55,649.34 
120.97 



173.738.29 



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217 



Roy Street Drain 
Stanle}^ School 

Monument x^venue and Walker Road 

Sewer Construction Section "A" 

Sewer Construction Section "B" 

Sewer Construction Section "C" 

Sewer Construction Section "D" 

Atlantic and Phillips Avenue Drains 

Nason Road Sewer 

Rockland Street Sewer 

King's Brook Culvert 

Phillips Avenue Roadway Extension 

Whitman Road Roadway 

Burpee Road Sewer 

Culvert 



Debt 

Permanent Improvement Notes 
Sewer Bonds Serial 
Water Bonds Serial 
Tuberculosis Hospital Serial Loans 

Trust Funds 

Ellen R. Whittle Library Fund 
Joanna Morse Library Fund 
Mary L. Thomson Library Fund 
Phillips Medal Fund 
Cemetery Lots Fund 
Municipal Insurance Fund 

Phillips Medal Fund Income 
Municipal Insurance Fund Income 
Cemetery Lots Fund Income 



Apportioned 



Sidewalks 
Sewers 



$4.84 
41.71 
624.38 
4,150:93 
6,146.29 
1,445.85 
794.70 
6,557.17 
1,615.54 
961.02 
28.06 
1,541.09 
1,668.84 
30.50 
14.25 



$534,500.00 
118,850.00 
63,000.00 
39,000.00 



$2,000.00 
5,196.00 
1,000.00 
1,000.00 

25,122.77 
3,902.00 



$1,524.49 
2,860.73 
2,398.64 



$1,794.43 
18,096.58 



$36,814.53 
$310,380.26 



$755,350.00 



$38,220.77 



$6,783.86 



$19,893.01 



Respectfully submitted, 

HORACE R. PARKER, 

Town Accountant. 



218 TOWN DOCUMENTS [Dec. 31 



Town Warrant 

Monday, February 15th, 1932 



Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the town of Swampscott in said County: 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are di- 
rected to notify the inhabitants of the town of Swampscott, qualified to 
vote in elections and in town affairs, to assemble in their respective 
precincts, in said Swampscott, on Monday, the fifteenth day of Feb- 
ruary, at 6 A. M., then and there to act on the following articles, viz.: 
At the close of the election the meeting shall adjourn to Tuesday. 
February 23. 1932, at 7:30 P. M. at the Town Hall. 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator for one (1) year. 
To choose a Town Clerk for one (1) year. 
To choose three members of the Board of Selectmen for one 
(1) 3-ear. 

To choose a Town Treasurer for one (1) year. 
To choose one member of the Board of Assessors for three 
(3) years. 

To choose a Collector of Taxes for one (1) year. 
To choose two members of the School Committee for three 
(3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Public Welfare for 
three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Public \\'elfare for 

two {2) years, to fill vacancy. 
To choose one member of the Board of Health for three (3) 

years. 

To choose one member of the Water and Sewerage Board for 
three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Park Commission for three (3) 
^ A-ears. 

To choose one member of the Board of Trustees of the Public 

Library for three (3) years. 
To choose one Tree Warden for one ( 1 ) year. 
To choose three Constables for one (1) year. 
To choose two member? of the Planning Board for three (3) 

years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Commissioners of 
Trust Funds for three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Comirtissioners of 
Trust Funds for two (2) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Commissioners of 
Trust Funds for one (1) year. 

To choose six (6) representative town meeting members in 
each precinct for three (3^ years. 

To choose one representative town meeting member from Pre- 
cinct Two for two (2) years, to fill vacancy. 

To choose two representative town meeting members from Pre- 
cinct Two for one (I) year, to fill vacancies. 

To choose one representative town meeting member from Pre- 
cinct Four for one (1) year, to fill vacancy. 

To choose one representative town meeting member from Pre- 
cinct Six for one (1) year, to fill vacancy. 

All to be chosen on one ballot. 



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219 



Article 2. To hear and act on the reports of town officials, boards 
and committees. 

Article 3. To see what amount of bonds will be required of the 
Town Clerk and Custodian of Trust Funds for the ensuing year. 

Article 4. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
salaries of town officials for the ensuing year. 

Article 5. To see if the town will authorize the Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money, from time to time, in 
anticipation of the revenue of the financial year, beginning January 1, 
1932, and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable w^ithin one year, 
the debt or debts incurred thereby to be paid from the revenue of said 
financial 3^ear. 

Article 6. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
the recommendations not calling for the appropriation of money, as 
contained in the reports of officers, boards or committees. 

Article 7. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
the recommendations calling for the appropriation or expenditure of 
money, the creation of a debt, or the disposition of town property, as 
set forth in the reports of officers, boards or committees. 

Article 8. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
the appropriation of money for departmental and other expenses as 
recommended and set forth on pages 184. 185 and 186 of the annual 
town report. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in relation to 
the appropriation or raising of money for permanent street construction. 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to accept the report of 
the By-law committee and adopt the amendments to the by-laws as 
printed on pages 165 to 173 of the Town Report. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to lay a drain and build 
necessar}^ catch basins and manholes to take care of the surface water 
on Puritan road at Tupelo road and in Puritan road, near the entrance 
to Little's Point road, and appropriate money therefor as recommended 
b}' the Surveyor of Highways and Board of Selectmen. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to build a catch basin on 
XeAv Ocean street, and appropriate money therefor, as recommended 
b}' the Surveyor of Highway's. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to build a catch basin in 
Banks road, and appropriate money therefor, as recommended by the 
Survej'or of Highways. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to replace broken street 
signs, and appropriate money therefor, as recommended by the Sur- 
veyor of Highways. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to lay a surface water 
drain from Aspen road to Alillett road drain, when the necessary 
easements have been granted to the town, and appropriate money 
therefor, as recommended bv the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to change the grade of 
Cedar Hill terrace, at and near its intersection with Bay View avenue, 
and appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for by John B. Hadaway 
ct al. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to accept Beverly road, 
from Puritan road to Shelton road, as a public way. as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen, in accordance with a plan made by W. W. Pratt, 
town engineer, and to appropriate money therefor, as petitiotied for 
by Thomas S. Bubier et als. 

Article 18. To see if the town v. ill vote to accept Fairview avenue 
as a public way, as laid out bv the Board of Selectmen, in accordance 
w'ith a plan made by W. W. Pratt, town engineer, and to appropriate 
money therefor, as petitioned for by Aneelo Palleschi et als. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to purchase a 3^ ton 
truck for the His-hwav Department and appropriate money therefor, 
as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 



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Article 20. To see if the town will appropriate $20,000 for new 
street construction, as recommended by the Surveyor of Highways. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to take the property on 
the easterly side of Essex street, near the railroad bridge, lots 95 and 96, 
as shown on Assessors' plan 12, for the purpose of widening and 
straightening Essex street, and appropriate money therefor, as peti- 
tioned for by Grover C. Hambrecht et al. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to petition the County 
Commissioners, Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway and the Boston 
and Maine Railroad to share in the construction of a new, safe, fire- 
proof bridge to take the place of the existing bridge over the Boston 
and Maine Railroad on Essex street, and appropriate money therefor, 
as petitioned b}' Grover C. Hambrecht et al. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to ent^r into a new contract for street lighting, for a period 
not exceeding five years, with the Lynn Gas & Electric Co., same to 
be effective at the expiration of the present contract with the Lj-nn 
Gas & Electric Co., which expires June 30, 1932. 

Article 24. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of $300, 
to be raised out of taxation or to be transferred out of the emergency 
fund, to be used by the Water and Sewerage Board in the settlement 
of sewer easements taken during the preceding year, as recommended 
by the Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to transfer the following 
unexpended balances from sewers to Emergency Sewer account, as 
recommended by the Water and Sewerage Board: Xason road sewer, 
$1,615.54; Rockland street sewer, $961.02; Burpee road sewer, $30.50; 
Section A sewer, $4,150.93; Section B sewer, $6,146.29; Section C 
sewer, $1,445.85; Section D sewer, $794.70; Roy street drain, $4.84; 
King's brook culvert, $28.06; culvert, $14.25. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to lay a six-inch water 
main in Hampden street, a distance of about 750 feet, and appropriate 
money therefor, as recommended b}^ the Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to lay a six-inch water 
main in Berkshire street, a distance of about 720 feet, and appropriate 
money therefor, as recommended b}- the Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to lay a six-inch water 
main in Bradley avenue, a distance of 285 feet, and appropriate money 
therefor, as recommended by the Water and Sewerage Board. . 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to build and equip a new 
high school and appropriate money therefor, as recommended by the 
School Committee. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to enlarge, remodel and 
add to the present high school, located on Greenwood avenue, and 
provide necessar}- equipment and appropriate mone}- therefor, as 
recommended by the School Committee. 

Article 31. To see if the town will appoint a committee to carrj^ 
out either the building of a new high school or remodeling, enlarging 
and adding to the present high school, whichever the towm ma^' deter- 
mine, with power to obtain plans, engage an architect, enter into con- 
tracts in behalf of the town and do all things necessary, convenient 
or proper to carrj^ out and complete said work, as recommended by 
the School Committee. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to use Phillips Park under 
Chapter 310 of the Acts of 1930 for high school and school yard pur- 
poses, as recommended by the School Committee. 

Article 33. To see if the town, in case it votes to build a public 
high school under articles in this Warrant, will vote to erect the same 
on Phillips Park, as recommended by the School Committee. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote to take by eminent domain 
or to acquire b}'^ purchase, for public school purposes, land on Forest 
avenue, bounded on the south by Forest avenue, on the east by the 



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Whitne}- estate and on the north by the Boston and Maine Railroad, 
or any portion of the same, and appropriate money therefor, as recom- 
mended by the School Committee. 

Article 35. To see if the town will vote to take by eminent domain, 
or acquire by purchase for public school purposes, land lying on the 
southerh' side of Forest avenue contiguous to Forest avenue and 
Fuller avenue, and appropriate mone)^ therefor, as recommended by 
the School Committee. 

Article 36. To see if the town, in case it votes to build a high 
school under any articles in this Warrant, will vote to locate the same 
on any of the foregoing land, as recommended by the School Com- 
mittee. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to purchase a 1000-gallon 
Combination Motor Pumper and equipment for the Central Fire Sta- 
tion, and appropriate money therefor, as recommended by the Board 
of Fire Engineers. 

Article 38. To see if the town will appropriate $5625 for further 
improving the fire alarm system b}' continuing the underground cables 
from Humphrey street and Ingalls terrace to the Central Fire Station, 
with necessar}- loops, connections and changes, also laying new con- 
duit on Burrill street, between Monument square and the Police Station, 
in co-operation with the Xew England Telephone and Telegraph Co., 
as recommended by the Board of Fire Engineers. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to purchase 400 feet of 
IH inch hose ^nd fittings and appropriate $250 therefor, as recom- 
mended b}^ the Board of Fire Engineers. 

Article 40. To see if the town will vote to appropriate $490 for 
500 feet of 2Y2 inch hose, as recommended by the Board of Fire 
Engineers. 

Article 41. To see if the town will vote to install an incinerator 
for the disposal of its combustible waste material and offal from the 
fish markets, hotels, etc., and appropriate money therefor, as recom- 
mended by the Board of Health. 

Article 42. To see if the town will vote to amend the zoning 
bj'-law by changing from a general residential district the premises 
located at Xo. 225 Humphrey street, so as to permit the said premises 
to be used for the erection of an apartment building, as petitioned for 
by Ellen M. Wardwell et al. 

Article 43. To see if the town will vote that the land at 175 
Humphrey street, and adjoining on Cliffside, be changed on the zoning 
map, so that the property may be used for apartment or hotel purposes, 
as petitioned for by Daniel F. Knowlton et al. 

Article 44. To see if the town will vote to rescind its previous 
action in accepting Commonwealth avenue as a public way, as here- 
tofore laid out by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 45. To see if the town will vote to accept Commonwealth 
avenue as a public way as laid out by the Board of Selectmen in 
accordance with a revised plan made by W. W. Pratt, dated January, 
1932, on file with the Town Clerk, and appropriate money therefor. 

Article 46. To see if the town will authorize the Board of Select- 
men to take by eminent domain for purposes of a public \v3.y on Com- 
monwealth avenue the following described property or any of same: 

Beginning at the northwest corner of land owned by Luigi and 
Genoveffa Gallo; thence by land of said Gallo south 40-38-0 west, for 
a distance of 46.86 feet; thence by land of William H. Burnett, north 
66-10-55 west, for a distance of 3.54 feet; thence by old line of Com- 
monwealth avenue north 44-40-40 east for a distance of 48 feet, to the 
point of beginning, above parcel containing 79 square feet. 

Article 47. To see if the town will vote to accept Bates road, from 
the present accepted portion to Charlotte road, as a public way, as laid 
out bv the Board of Selectmen, in accordance with a plan made by 
W. W. Pratt, town engineer, dated January, 1932, and to appropriate 
money therefor, as petitioned for by Abraham Ranen et al. 



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Article 48. To see it the town will vote to accept Shclton road, 
from Humphrey street to Beverly road, as a public way, as laid out by 
the Board of Selectmen, in accordance with a plan made by W. \V. 
Pratt, town engineer, and to appropriate money therefor, as petitioned 
for by Pasquale Grieco et al. 

Article 49. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $1000 for necessary repairs and changes in the G. A. R. hall building, 
so called, on Pine street, as petitioned for by Loran J. Harvey et al. 

Article 50. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sufficient 
sum of money for a suitable observance of the Fourth of July, as peti- 
tioned for by the Veterans' Council. 

Article 51. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sufficient 
sum of money for a suitable observance of Armistice Day, November 
11, 1932, as petitioned for by the Veterans' Council. 

Article 52. To see if the town w'lW vote to purchase lots 675 and 
678 as shown on Assessors' plan No. 11, at Windsor avenue extension 
and Nichols street, in Swampscott Highlands, for playground purposes, 
and appropriate mone}- therefor, as petitioned for by Bertha P. Hollis 
et al. _ ' 

Article 53. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board 
of Selectmen to execute a new lease with the Leon E. Abbott Post 57 
American Legion Building Association for a term of five (5) years 
from March 27th, 1932, and appropriate money therefor. 

Article 54. To appropriate and raise by borrowing or otherwise, 
under any general or special law which authorizes tfie town to raise 
money b}* borrowing or otherwise, such sum or sums of mone}- as may 
be necessar}- for any or all of the purposes mentioned in the foregoing 
articles. 

The polls will close at 6 P. M. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting an attested 
copy thereof at the Town Hall, the Post Offices, at least one public and 
conspicuous place in each precinct in the town, and at or in the imme- 
diate vicinity of each railroad station in the town, seven days before 
the day appointed for said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with ^'our 
doings thereon, to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting 
aforesaid. 

Given under our hands this twent3'-first da}* of January. A. D. 1932. 

R. WYER GREENE. 
HARRY E. HARDY. 
EDWARD LaCROIX. 

Selectmen of Swampscott. 

A true copy. Attest: 

FRANK H. BRADFORD. Constable. 



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Index 



Reports of Departments and Committees 

Page 

Animals, Inspector of 161 

Appropriations Recommended ....... 29-36 

Appropriations Voted . . 45 

Assessors • 1^7 

Board of Appeals 158 

Building Inspector 131 

By-Law Committee 165 

Cemetery, Superintendent of ....... • 175 

Dental Clinic .... 103 

Dog Officer 110 

Election, Town 15 

Finance Committee, Reports of . . . . . .21, 27, 29, 53 

Fire Engineers . . . Ill 

Forest Warden ........... 174 

Health, Board of 95 

Health Officer 96 

Health Nurse 106 

Highway Surveyor 162 

Jury List 176 

Library, Trustees of . 114-^ 

Milk Inspector 104 

Mortuary Report 102 

Moth Superintendent 174 

Park Commissioners . . . . . . . . . 160 

Planning Board 40,53,115 

Plumbing, Inspector of 106 

Police Department .......... 107 

Property Appraisal 48 

Public Welfare 134 

Selectmen, Board of 179 

School Enrollment 156 

School Committee . 149 

Town Accountant 187 

Town Clerk's Records 9 

Town Clerk's Statistics 61 

Town Committees Appointed ........ 6 

Town Counsel 164 

Town Engineer 135 

Town Meeting Members 3 

Town Officers Appointed 6 

Town Officers Elected 2 

Town Warrant, February 16, 1931 9 

Town Warrant, February 24, 1931 ....... 13 

Town Warrant, April 6, 1931 26 

Town Warrant, April 27, 1931 55 

Town Warrant, May 28, 1931 56 

Town Warrant. November 4, 1931 . 59 

Town Warrant, February 15, 1932 218 

Tree Warden 174 

Water and Sewerage Board 143 

Weights and Measures 132 

Wires, Inspector of 164 



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Financial Reports 

Page 

Accountant's Department 187 

Assessors' Department 192 

Assets ......... 137 

Balance Sheets* 75,92,215 

Bonds and Notes Payable 123 

Bonds of Town Officers . . 196 

Borrowing Capacity . 128 

Cemetery 210 

Collector of Taxes 120 

County Tax 211 

Division of Accounts 62-79 

Election and Registration 193 

Engineering Department 193 

Fire Department 196 

Fourth of July 209 

Health Department 199 

Highway Department 201 

Interest and Maturing Debt . . . . . . . . 211 

Law Department . 193 

Liabilities 124-137 

Library . 206 

Metropolitan Assessments 212 

Moth Extermination 196 

Old Age Pensions 211 

Park Department .......... 207 

Pensions ............ 204 

Police Department 207 

Property Report 137 

Public Welfare 204 

School Department . 205 

Sealer of Weights and Measures ....... 197 

Selectmen's Department 191 

Sewer Department 144 

Sewer Notes and Bonds 128 

State Tax ............ 211 

Statistics (1889-1931) *. *. *. '. ". *. 140 

Street Lighting 202 

Tax Rate 138 

Town Budget 184 

Town Debt 128 

Town Hall Department 194 

Transfers 190-214 

Treasurer's Report . . 123 

Treasurer's Department 123 

Trust Funds 129 

Unemployment Costs 209 

Valuation 128 

Water Debt 126-144 

Welfare Costs 134 



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